Girls in a robotics team? You bet!
Robotatouille, a team of fifth-grade girls from Folsom, is a First Lego League robotics team working on this year’s official FLL challenge — “Food Factor.”
The challenge is to learn about how food is grown, harvested, processed and transported to our homes, and the difference ways that food can get contaminated along the way. the team will identify a problem and then develop an innovative solution.
As part of their research Team Robotatouille visited Raley’s in Folsom where Assistant Store Director Justin Smith talked to the girls about the challenges of keeping groceries fresh. The team got a behind-the-scenes tour of the produce section.
The team next took a trip to Abel’s Acres in Apple Hill where Evelyn Abel shared details about operating a large farm and bakery. Abel also presented Abel’s Acres T-shirts to the girls.The Apple Hill tour continued at Apple Pantry Farm. Owner Vickie Price gave the girls a backstage tour of the facilities and they learned about processing equipment that takes raw apples and turns them into delicious, farm-baked apple pies. Robotatouille members got a good look at the ovens, storage, freezers and the apple skin remover and corer machine. The team also got a hands-on opportunity to make their own apple turnovers.
At the University of California El Dorado County Master Gardeners office in Placerville, the girls interviewed several Master Gardeners to learn about growing healthy fruits and vegetables organically without pesticides. They also learned about different insects (beneficial and destructive), sources of contamination and the joy of gardening. The team also watched a live bee-keeping demonstration.
For more information about FLL visit firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2011foodfactor.