[ENOLA, PA] JABOCK (Just A Bunch Of Cool Kids) ROBOT is a FIRST® LEGO® League robotics team from the Central PA area that recently won the 2017 Penn FLL Regional Championship on Saturday, February 4, 2017. The team is advancing to the FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival held in St Louis, MO, in which only the top 100 teams from all over the world will be participating! The team of ‘Cool Kids’ consists of Cumberland Valley School District students Kellen Conway, Jonathan Chang, Poorvi Parikh, Rushil Negandhi, Ishaan Chada, and Hershey High School student, Neo Zhou.


This season’s challenge is called Animal AlliesSM, and teams were tasked with identifying a problem and designing a solution that improves an interaction between animals and people. The JABOCK ROBOT team found that beekeepers have to manually count mites on bees on a regular basis and then use a variety of methods to get rid of the mites. These mites are harmful to bees and could even lead to loss of the bee colony. After doing research and communicating with local beekeepers, the JABOCK ROBOT team came up with the idea of taking a picture of the mites using an infrared camera, which will be connected to an app that will automatically count the number of mites. The team is currently raising funds via a GoFundMe account (https://www.gofundme.com/jabockrobot) to purchase the camera and other parts needed to compete at the World Festival in April. JABOCK’s app has the potential of becoming an innovative solution that can be used by beekeepers worldwide.


The FIRST® LEGO® League World Festival is part of the annual FIRST® Championship, which is the culmination of this season’s FIRST® programs. The Championship features over 700 FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. teams The Championship brings together tens of thousands of kids from all over the world to celebrate science and technology!


These competitions not only make science and technology fun, but also make a lasting positive impact on kids’ lives. According to the FIRST® website, FIRST® alumni are twice as likely to major in science or engineering. It also encourages females to major in engineering. FIRST® participants learn valuable life skills such as problem-solving, time management, and conflict resolution.


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