Meet the Master Builders

The Master Builders is St. Louis Public Library's competitive robotics team.

The team is fresh off winning 1st place at the regional FLL competition on December 1st and will compete in the Missouri state competition in January. The team is in their second year. Meet the Master Builders. 

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Adam, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

That we won. I just kind of went there to have fun and see what we could get done. I didn't expect us to win.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

That we can joke around but still get the job done at the same time.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

You can program a robot to work so perfectly without sensors. 

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

Seeing what other teams do and seeing how they do stuff. And also just to see everybody on my team.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

An alternate dimension where everything's the opposite where we could fly and just do anything we wanted to. 

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Elijah, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

We came in first place. I expected us to come in second or third.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

Sometimes we will change ideas if we think they're ideas are better.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

Getting to do the robot a lot because I didn't that a lot last time.

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

My favorite part of the regional was the programming so I think that's what I'm looking forward to. 

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Go to Saturn because it's my favorite planet.

mark
Mark, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

We stayed in the top three. Last year it was actually kind of hard to get there.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

We like to joke around and we get stuff done pretty easily.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

My favorite is how to grow broccoli. 

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

To stay in the top three.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Mars. So I can be the first human there.

joshua
Joshua, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

Winning because last year we didn't because one of our missions wouldn't work properly.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

We all understand each other.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

Growing broccoli is actually fun.

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

Candy.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Pluto because they call it a dwarf planet and it has seven moons. 

jacques
Jacques, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

The teams. How cool their projects.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

The personalities. Well, all our personalities connect together so we're able to work well together.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

How to code a robot. 

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

Harder competition because it makes it much more fun.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Mars. To conquer it.

bryce
Bryce, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

The judges I thought they were going to be really serious and stuff. They had funny hats, and they weren't as serious as I thought they would be.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

I don't know. I guess. I don't really know. It's fun to be on the team.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

My favorite thing was learning about the robot.

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

I don't know. I guess winning, if we win.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Neptune. Actually, no. Milky Way because I like the candy.

eleanor
Eleanor, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

That our missions weren't working the third time. 

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

We mostly all like doing different parts so we don't fight over different parts. Usually.

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

My favorite thing is that we can turn a fish tank into a growing environment for broccoli.

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

Winning hopefully.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Neptune because the pictures of it look pretty.

jacbo
Jacob, FIRST LEGO League, Master Builders

What surprised you the most at the regional competition?

That we got in first place.

What is it about your team that makes you work so well together?

That we're all doing it at the same time. Like some people are doing the robot and some people are doing the programming. And we take turns, too. 

What is your favorite thing you've learned so far?

When the robot works. Actually when the robot doesn't work, because we probably didn't program it right so we get to re-do it so it actually works.

What are you most looking forward to at the state competition? 

Winning.

If you could go anywhere in the solar system, where would you go and why?

Probably Mars because I could see if any lifeforms are there or plants like space moss.

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