Halethorpe Elementary’s Cyber Hornets compete with Legos

Ben Timian, Chase Linsenmeyer, Nick Utzig, Connor Bossom, Xiaodeng Zhang, Jordan Spitzler, and Jon Bossom (back row) Andrew Mellon, Tomas Quintero, Noah Dubyoski, and Jack Carr (front row)

Halethorpe Elementary School competed in this year’s FIRST Lego League Body Forward™ Challenge – winning the competition’s Rising Star Award. Halethorpe was the only Baltimore County Public Schools’ elementary school to participate in the event.

Through the program, teams explore the world of biomedical engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.

Teams explore an actual problem that today's scientists and engineers are trying to solve, develop an innovative solution (either by creating something that doesn't exist or building upon something that does), and share their findings.

Chase Linsenmeyer and Nick Utzig
Jack Carr, Nick Utzig, Jon Bossom, Connor Bossom, Jordan Spitzler, Xiaodeng Zhang, and Noah Dubyoski

Halethorpe’s team, The Cyber Hornets, was assigned to construct and program a Lego robot to complete as many missions/tasks as possible and to conduct research about a problem affecting either a body system or body part. 

The Cyber Hornets, comprised of grade 4 and 5 students, researched muscular dystrophy.  The team decided that scientists should consider injecting Nanobots into the bloodstream; the Nanobots would repair myelin sheath damaged by MS.  Myelin sheath is needed to protect nerve fibers.

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