By Bill McCaughey
For The Fort Bend Star
Five teams from Sugar Land competed in the FIRST Lego League Jr. competition last weekend at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
The FIRST Lego League Jr. program, one of four FIRST programs, had 60 teams with 360 children aged 6-10. The teams came from places around the world including China, Costa Rica, Egypt, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mexico, Panama and the United States.
Their challenge this year was to research an animal that interacts with honeybees and present their findings to a panel of judges.
Sugar Land’s ROFL 9000 team decided to research how spiders interact with honeybees. The four members, Cayden Chan, Ethan Bui, Braxton Bahena and Rohan Gupta, all 8 years old, concluded that the spider and honeybee interaction was a bit one-sided, as spiders are ambush predators that kill and eat honeybees.
Next week, the ROFL 9000 team will begin to learn software programming using the Python software system.
Another Sugar Land team, the Badbusters, composed of Pratham Uchila, Davis Dawson and Amaan Faisal researched pollination colony collapse disorder.
“Pollination colony collapse is when a majority of the worker bees disappear and leave behind the queen bee,” Dawson.
Apparently, this has occurred in the past but its frequency is rapidly growing. The boys hope a solution is found before the honeybees go extinct.