On February 4, the Jász-Stones team took part in the Budapest regional qualifier of the First Lego League competition with 10 participants. The Jászberény Community Hall 7,8,9,10. The team was recruited from his grade-level mentors and has been continuously preparing for the competition since October. The international competition consists of two parts: on the one hand, the built Lego robot must be driven along the designated course, where the missions of the robot competition are completed in 2.5 minutes. On the other hand, within the framework of the Innovation project, the teams are looking for their unique solution to a real problem that makes the world better and more livable. This year’s theme: renewable energy sources. The difficulty of the First Lego League Challenge is that, in addition to all of these, points must also be collected in the core values (well-intentioned professionalism) and robot design categories. Each of the four equally weighted sections accounts for 25 percent of the total performance, forming the final order.

The Jász children did a lot of research work before the idea of innovation, since Environmental Awareness has been the project topic in our Community House for more than a year. In the process, we gained a lot of useful knowledge, and after the announcement of the competition, we only focused on the topic in a goal-oriented manner. After many, many usable ideas, the idea of the AMÖR (Automatic Height Irrigation System) was born, which we then perfected during marathon sessions. During the previous research work, mechanical engineer Ferenc Borbás – owner of Radius Signage Kft. and Gábor Mezei – managing director of GridSolar Group Kft. helped us. The basic idea started from the fact that we can water the four raised beds we made last year even when we are in summer camps. That’s why we made a working model of the irrigation system, on which there is a rainwater collection tank, from which we water our plants. The pump required for watering is operated by a battery (which can be charged using a solar panel). Since we placed a soil moisture measuring probe in the soil of the raised bed, the system only waters when the soil is dry. Also, with the help of a GSM module, we have integrated an SMS sending program that sends us a message when the tank is low on water. For this detailed elaboration, we received a lot of help from our enthusiastic volunteer, István Bugyi, who was with us every day of the competition preparation. We created the concept with fantastic teamwork, paying attention to every little detail. The jury was completely impressed by our working model, our further designs, our felted eggplants, our eggplant cream snacks and our professional presentation. Perhaps it is also due to this that with the Innovation project we managed to get the 1st place and the accompanying Lego Cup, and our project was also rewarded with a special award. We received the “Breakthrough” award because we improved the most compared to our participation in last year’s competition. In addition, the boys with Lego robotics also excelled, as they finished in 3rd place in the races. Thus, we achieved the 4th place overall. Congratulations to the Jász-Stones team!

Participants: Tilda Tamasi, Hanna Kovács, Maja Sas, András Oláh, Márk Kaptás (innovation), Ferenc Horváth, Kristóf Kaszab, Márk Szücs, Zsolt Kovács, Marcell Orosz (Lego-robotics). Trainers: István Bugyi, Ildikó Nagy, Andrea Hábenciusné Balla (innovation), Lajos Zeke (Lego-robotics).

Through the eyes of the participants:

For the innovation competition, which had to be related to renewable energy sources, our team developed a project called AMÖR. The topic was close to us, as we have been dealing with this for a long time, so with our new idea – we found a renewable, sustainable and environmentally conscious solution to a problem in the Foundation. The competition was very exciting, we invested a lot of energy in the competition preparation and in the end it was worth it. Before the announcement of the results, they said that our innovation was included in the top three, so we had to present it publicly to all the participants. Finally, we found out that we won the innovation competition. We felt great joy and went home very happy. A lot of work has paid off! Thank you to our trainers for their hard work! Oláh András Jászság group 3

When we received the Lego package for the race, everyone was very excited about what this year’s course would look like. Since all team members were there, we were able to quickly put it together and saw that the topic was renewable energy sources. We were very happy about this, as we also deal with this at the Csányi Foundation on project days. Based on the knowledge gained in last year’s competition, it was much easier to build a robot that can solve the tasks. We prepared a lot for the competition and were really looking forward to what result we would achieve. We were very nervous at our first robot race, so we didn’t do very well, but we got better with each race. When our team came next, the whole team was there cheering us on, which was an unforgettable experience for me. We even made small adjustments during the races to make our score even better. We were able to achieve 305 points out of the maximum 410 points, which everyone was very happy about. In the end, we managed to achieve 3rd place with our result. This competition was held in a very good atmosphere last year as well and this year was even better. We gained a lot of knowledge and experience from other teams’ robots and races. Ferenc Jászság Horváth group 3

The day came when, after months of preparatory work by the team, we were able to report that the development of the Innovation project was not a waste of effort. As proof of this, the competition jury also awarded him 1st place. It was a great pleasure for me to be excited and push with them during the competition. It was an honor for me to be a part of this team. István Bugyi is a volunteer

Budapest competition results: