Kiwanis Club Supports Local Robotics Team

Kiwanis Club President Philo Shelton presents a $600 check to Rita Bronson for ‘The Quadrumaniacs’, a local robotics club competing in July at the Mountain State Championship in Fairmont, W. Va. Photo by Don Casperson

Los Alamos Kiwanis Club

Los Alamos Kiwanis President Philo Shelton presented Rita Bronson a $600 check from the club June 25 to support “The Quadrumaniacs, First Lego League Team 146” comprised of seven Los Alamos students competing July 11-15 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W. Va.

The team includes three boys and four girls. Six of the students recently completed seventh grade, and one has just completed fifth grade.

The students are Timothy Rousculp, Lucy Kelly, Maggie Kelly, Corben Meek, Sasha Simakov, Zoya Khan and Magellan Bronson.

Rita Bronson, Magellan’s mother (and a member of Los Alamos Kiwanis), will be one of the chaperones on the trip. The team’s three coaches are Susannah Rousculp, Karen Kelly and Liz Meek.

“This is the team’s fourth year of competing in FIRST LEGO League in New Mexico. In addition to learning to build and program LEGO robots to perform ‘missions’ on a table of LEGO models, teams are also asked to innovate based on the year’s theme,” Bronson said in a recent interview. “This year, the team is exploring ways to make astronauts more comfortable physically and emotionally with a ‘proprioceptive and vestibular input device.’ It provides input through deep joints and the inner ear to send calling signals to astronauts’ brains and sensory systems. They are working with a scientist formerly with NASA to develop this idea. Teams are also judged on their ability to work well together as a team, to be inclusive, and to mentor younger teams.”