By Marisa Mercurio
In preparation for the state level competition, the First Lego League team, Blockheads, presented their idea for a more efficient waste management program to Sylvania’s City Council on Feb. 1. The team recently won the Gracious Professionalism award at the Bowling Green State University tournament, where they were also informed of their advancement to the state competition. Headed by coaches Kathleen Mikesell and Tajinder Singh, the team consists of students from Highland Elementary and McCord Junior High, including Evangelina Louis, Avinash Singh, Krishna Saraiya, Charlie Vallone, Nick Vallone, JD Mikesell, Cody Schafer, Emmaline Louis, Elijah Amstultz, and Megan Basrur. Also working with them as their high school mentor is Kevin Allen from Southview.
Invited by Mayor Craig Stough, the team presented their innovative concept of bins and truck recyclable collectors that they believe will increase recycling productivity. According to the team, the widely used single-stream recycling, in which all items are dumped in the same bin, too often results in some of the items ending up in a landfill. To prevent this, the solution the Blockheads came up with was to create bins that automatically sort the items into categories and then funnels them into similarly pre-sorted recycling trucks so they do not mingle. The team brought along visuals of their project, including a makeshift bin and a model truck.
After their presentation, city council members gave feedback to the team and wished them well on their next competition.