The Kettle Falls Lego Robotics teams are embarking on a new year of competing in the FIRST Lego League (FLL) and are off to a great start. For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) is an international organization that promotes STEM programs in elementary, middle, and high schools. The high school’s FRC Canine Crusaders are also part of FIRST. Our middle school students are using Legos and Lego’s computer programming language to create a robot that has to perform specific tasks all on its own. Students have two and half minutes to score as many points as possible by completing tasks on a miniature obstacle course. In addition, students are given a research topic that they explore, identify a problem connected to the topic, and develop a solution. At Salk Middle School on December 8, we competed against 29 other teams. This year we were able to field two teams, and they both did great. The 5-7 grade team scored the second highest robot score (losing to Colville by only 2 points) and won the “Mechanical Design Award” for their robot construction. The eighth grade team scored the third highest robot score and won the “Inspiration Award” for demonstrating “extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.” Our robots’ performances plus our teams’ presentations (3 in total) placed us in the top 5 teams and means both teams are moving on to the state competition which is on January 12 at Salk Middle School in Spokane.