Bedford's Lego 'Mayhem'
Bedford Journal - December 16, 2004
Local teams make good at state tourney
"Mindstorms Mayhem," "The Munchkins" and the "McKelvie Dark
Seers," three Bedford-based FIRST Lego League teams, each received
awards at the New Hampshire State tournament last Saturday, Dec. 11,
at Nashua High School North.
There were three preliminary rounds of competition with the robots,
followed by the playoffs for the eight top scoring teams. Teams are
also judged on their robot design, robot performance, research and
Mindstorms Mayhem - including team member Nathan Streeter and
coach Ken Streeter of Bedford - placed first in robot performance and
earned the prestigious Director's Award for top honors across all
judging categories. They are eligible to again represent New
Hampshire at the international competition, held in conjunction with
the U.S. FIRST Robotics Championship in Atlanta, scheduled for next
The Munchkins received the second place Robust Programming Award
for their exceptionally reliable programming. This was the second
consecutive year that the team was recognized at the finals with a
programming award. The Munchkins are a neighborhood team from Bedford,
consisting of Stephanie Schaeberle, Roxanne Harmon, Kevin Walch, Adam
Spiere and Spencer Frank, and coaches Beatrice Schaeberle and Dave
The McKelvie Dark Seers were awarded the scond place Innovative
Solution Award for their work on the research project. The Dark Seers
also won a Director's Award at their state qualification tournament
last month. The Dark Seers are a team of 10 students - including
Harrison Potter, Sean Callaghan, Kyle Soucy, Tommy Bain, Matt Silvia,
Jonathan Kirsch, Nick Pierce, Devin Helmke, Craig Wojtkiewicz and
Devon Cormack - from McKelvie Middle School.
|Mindstorms Mayhem Coach Ken
Streeter of Bedford and team members, from left, Nathan Streeter,
David Schunemann, Victoria Umenhofer and Jean Marc Le Doux review a
score sheet at the competition table after a performance by their
The teams competed against 46 other teams from around the state to
build and program a robot to solve nine missions.
Mindstorms Mayhem, comprised of homeschoolers from Bedford,
Milford, Merrimack, Wilton, Hollis, and Lyndeborough, has been working
since mid September, meeting several times each week, brainstorming
and building in the basement of one of the families.
It was the team's third year in the competition, and the kids had
to write their own programs, problem-solve and design a robot that
could solve the year's challenges. Mindstorms Mayhem is one of
several teams sponsored by BAE Systems.
The theme for this year's competition was "No Limits." The robot
had to complete tasks that a disabled person might encounter, such as
move a CD to a desk, put their ball in a basket, serve a tray of food,
feed pets, open a gate, read the correct colored bus sign, push in
chairs, bring a pair of glasses back to base and end with the robot on
the top of some stairs. There was a time limit of two minutes, thirty
In addition to robot design each team presented a research project
to a panel of judges. Mindstorms Mayhem partnered with the Milford
Wadleigh Memorial Library Trustees to help make the library more
accessible to people with disabilities. the team developed and
distributed a brochure and instruction sheets for some software
programs installed on the library computer that make using the
computer easier for people who are visually impaired.
For more information on U.S. FIRST and FIRST Lego League, go to www.usfirst.org or www.firstlegoleague.org.