Robots Rock!

Passion for Robotics Keeps Students Riveted to Learning

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Those of us over forty seem to constantly be saying, “I wish they would have had that when I was in school!” Well, the Bethel School District’s two Robotics programs are certainly in that category.

Each year in the fall, elementary and middle school students (ages 9-14) form teams to build robots and take on real-world challenges: last year it was Nature’s Fury. The program, First® LEGO® League, involves more than just building and programming a robot. Students are also judged on Core Values:

  • We are a team.
  • We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
  • We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
  • We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
  • What we discover is more important than what we win.
  • We share our experiences with others.
  • We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
  • We have FUN!

FLL teams compete in over 70 countries. Locally, there are a number of ways we as business owners can support this incredible program:

  • Sponsor a team
  • Make a donation
  • Volunteer to be a judge
  • Coach a team
  • Mentor

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What do you get out of sponsoring a team? Well, along with the satisfaction of helping the kids in your community, as a sponsor:

  • Your logo is displayed at events
  • Your business name is announced at events
  • Your logo will reside at the team’s table
  • Your name and/or logo in the newsletter
  • Your logo on the team T-shirts
  • You can distribute your company literature
  • You can customize your sponsorship package

Check out their brochure!


In high school, the First® Robotics Competition is a program where students learn from professional engineers and work with more advanced programming languages and computer hardware in building their robots. As with the FLL Robotics program, business owners can sponsor, mentor, volunteer and/or donate to the teams.

Check out their brochure!

Participating teams do not have to be from Bethel School District schools. Homeschool teams, Boy Scout Teams, Girl Scout Teams, etc. are welcome to compete.

For more information please contact George Aszklar, Assistant Director of Career & Technical Education at 253-683-6908 or his awesome assistant, Doris Hominda, at 253-683-6945. They have developed this program into one of the best!

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