Seneca Falls Robotics Club to solve waste problems

Students from both Elizabeth Cady Stanton Elementary and Seneca Falls Middle School that are part of the school’s Lego robotic team recently toured the Seneca Meadows landfill in Seneca Falls to learn about how waste is processed. This year’s challenge for the Seneca Falls Robotics Team and other teams around the country are tasked with A. Identify a problem with the way we make or handle trash B. Must design an innovative solution to the problem you selected C. Share the problem and solution with others as part of the annual First Lego League robotics competition. The visit to Seneca Meadows, New York State’s largest municipal solid waste landfill located in Seneca Falls, was scheduled in order for the students to begin preparing for their challenge with a first hand experience on how waste is processed. The FIRST Lego League is a competition that was founded in 1998 by Dean Kaman, with the mission of encouraging children to celebrate engineering and science. FIRST, is an acronym for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology’ Annually, the competitors, ages 9 to 14, are tasked with a topic on which to focus. This year, the topic is ‘Trash Trek’. “We learned so much about how you [Seneca Meadows] protect the area with amazing technology,” offered Karen Wylie, robotics team coach.

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