The LEGO robotics team from Orchard View Elementary School has advanced to the state championship competition following a win at the regional competition in Grandville. At the regional competition, the team took first place in teamwork, first for robot performance, and second place overall. This is the second year for the robotics team at Orchard View to participate in the LEGO League. The competition has many facets. Students must create a display or showcase about their core values. The second component is a research project, and the final component is creating and programming a robot made of LEGO bricks. This year’s theme is Hydrodynamics. The OV team, called “Hey, Watch This!” had to come up with a solution to a problem related to water. They identified their problem that people in Michigan love the lakes, but they don’t often think about how they can conserve water in their homes to help this important resource. Their team wanted to make an impact locally, so they hosted a Water Conservation Design Expo. For the expo, the sixth-graders at Orchard View created prototypes for innovative designs that would help make a home more efficient in its water usage. The team took the winning design to display at the competitions and raffled three water conservation kits. The team also plans to design and install a rain garden at a local business that will help the business reduce the amount of water it will use for maintaining its landscaping. The state championship competition will take place later this month. Good luck team!