How to Build a LEGO Robotics Team

Through afternoons of frustration with a robot that didn’t work or a program that didn’t run right, to other afternoons when the boys just wanted to go run in the woods, the boys worked through several issues that the parents found highly interesting. Most of the boys are either the only child in the family or are separated so far in age from siblings that they are being homeschooled as if they were an only child. Learning to share the responsibilities, to share the robot, and to take turns as leaders and followers were all difficult things for them to learn.

There were occasional hurt feelings, and my own son tried to quit several times, but we stuck together and finished what we started, and the end results were well worth it! Next fall, we hope to start our first high school-level program. Part of the experience will be fundraising for the robot. Some high school groups are very well funded and actually have trailers of tools and machining equipment that travel with them to competitions and events. We will be starting small but hope that one day, through cooperation and persistence, we, too, will make it to the World Festival competition!

Shelly Browne has been homeschooling herself and her three children for eighteen years. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for ARCHERS for the Lord, Inc., she recently started “The Relaxed Home Schoolers’ Place in Kennesaw, Georgia. She has a B.A. in English literature and runs a cleaning franchise in her spare time.


Copyright 2012, used with permission. All rights reserved by author. Originally appeared in the May 2012 issue of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine, the family education magazine. Read the magazine free at or read it on the go and download the free apps at to read the magazine on your mobile devices.

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