Homeschoolers win state LEGO meet
By Brian Denham - Hollis Brookline Journal staff
Hollis Brookline Journal - March 19, 2004
MILFORD—Most kids play with LEGOS, but not many build and program LEGO
robots to solve problems encountered by NASA scientists and engineers.
But 10 young people from Hollis, Milford, Wilton, Merrimack, and Bedford
have done just that. And as a result of winning the state FIRST LEGO
League meet in December, they have been invited to the international
The 10 kids are a group of homeschooled students, and this is only their
second year as a team, which they call Mindstorms Mayhem.
Mindstorms Mayhem started in 2002 when coach Bill Gray of Milford and
coach Ken Streeter of Bedford decided to teach a group of home school
students who knew each other from church about LEGOS, robots and
This year’s competition involved building and programming a robot to
solve nine missions based on the problems encountered by NASA in the
Mars rover missions. The robots competed on two 4x8 foot tables with
a mat that was a photo of Mars.
At the state tournament Dec 13, Mindstorms Mayhem competed against 47
other teams and won the Director’s Award for best overall performance.
This guaranteed the team an invitation to represent New Hampshire at
the International Invitational at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on
April 15 to 17.
But the fun stops here if Mindstorms Mayhem can't get to Atlanta. Teams
must raise approximately $10,000 for transportation, lodging and food and
is seeking financial support from businesses, community groups, and
All donations are tax deductible and BAE Systems has offered to match any
gifts up to $5,000. All donations should be sent to: Mindstorms Mayhem,
24 Grey Rock Road, Bedford, NH 03110. All checks should be made out to
Mindstorms Mayhem / Milford School District. For more information, to
make a donation, or to schedule a demonstration, go to