Lego League was very successful

To the editor:

This fall, Copper Country Christian School and local homeschoolers joined together to form two competitive Lego League teams for 4th-8th grades. This was our first year in this exciting program, and we learned a lot about computer programming, robot design, in-depth research and project presentation, and teamwork.

We could only participate due to the generosity of many people. Our thanks to UP Engineers & Architects, Northland Veterinary Clinic, McGann Building Supply, MTU, and the Bonanza in Marquette for their support. General Motors provided grants to us and other first-year teams in Michigan. Mr. John Mattila of the DNR and Mr. Jack Dueweke, Houghton County Emergency Measures Coordinator, gave of their valuable time to help the teams research local natural disasters.

Alex Hardy and Natasha Terpstra, MTU graduate students, contributed an amazing amount of expertise, time and effort as our coaches, even as they were continuing their studies. We all learned a tremendous amount from both of them.

We also are grateful for the advice and encouragement of Melody Doig, former Houghton Middle School Lego League coach. Congratulations to the local teams that qualified for the state championships-the CLK Mini Copperbots and the Constructors from Houghton Elementary School.

Judy Chizek

Lego League Parent

Lake Linden