2009 LKSD Robotics Competition



Once again, students from the delta compete in the Lego Robotics contest.I had the honor of being a referee/judge. Next year I want an official striped shirt. These are some of my students from Tununak competing.

Here is a snippet of an article from the Delta Discovery Click the link to read the entire article.

“Eighteen robotics teams participated in the 2008 Alaska Southwest Regional Robotics Competition in Bethel last Friday and Saturday, sponsored by the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
Every year, First Lego League works with experts in the field to create a Challenge that relates to a significant real-world issue. The end result is a two-part Challenge that requires research to complete. The theme of this year’s competition is “Climate Connections”.
Teams embarked on an exploration of the earth’s climate, discovering the links between science, people, resources and communities. Students also researched how we learn about past climates and delve into questions surrounding our current and future climatic conditions.
Learning about the Arctic snow pack and how an aqua dome can be used to help plants grow was part of the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Guskimos team project.
“Working with the team was the best,” said team member Aiden Kuhne, age 9, while cheering enthusiastically for the other teams in the pit area. His team won an award for their project and research.
Simone Julius, a 7th grader of the Toksook Bay Honey Bees says this is her third year in robotics and she loves it. “It’s good. I learned about programming,” she said. “But I was shaking when it was my turn.”
Teams build and program their own robots using Lego Mindstorm kits. The robots are programmed to perform tasks and missions on the playing field for design, programming and performance points. Teams also earn points for their theme projects and very importantly, teamwork.”

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Let’s Go


Originally uploaded by Andrea Pokrzywinski

The k300 dog race is underway. The race was delayed by two days because of warm weather and freezing rain. There are open holes in the river and a lot of over flow on the river. Then on Saturday night we had wind gusts of up to 100 miles an hour as the warm air mixed with the cold air that moved in. The mushers took of at noon on Sunday. It’s a fast icy trail so we expect them in by Tuesday.

Dinner at the 4 Corners


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Dave has done an amazing job of building a restaurant and kitchen for the 4 Corners Bar. He was kind enough to let us test the kitchen for a family and friend gathering while we were in Wisconsin. Here’s Freddie and Jeanie cooking the pheasants shot at Mikie’s. Sure do miss have a bar in the neighborhood. Sure do miss having a bar for 400 miles. We’ll just have to come home more.

Jet Setter


Originally uploaded by Andrea Pokrzywinski

Nolan is now a seasoned Jet traveler. He knows how to relax and people watch in the Airport. When the crowds clear, he plays fetch in the baggage claim. We have learned that the direct flight from Minneapolis to Anchorage is the best bet. We plan a long layover in Anchorage to walk the dog and check in again.

We were very happy that Nolan to puts up with the travel in good spirits. I actually think he has more room than I did in the middle seat for 5 hours. The rewards were worth it. Nolan got to play with tons of dogs on the trip and run around on farms and in our big woods.