It was all work for Ben McShane's Lego Robotics class last week as students prepared for competition.
McShane's Lincoln Elementary GATE students were preparing for a Lego robotics competition in the Roosevelt Middle School auditorium. Preparations have been intense, with students spending at least eight hours over the last couple of weeks preparing for a full day of competition with students from throughout the district.
Points were earned for traversing the obstacle course successfully, not crashing into barriers and collecting plastic hoops and returning them to the starting point.
Awards, but not points, are also given for a robot's design.
"We only have eight weeks with some of these kids, so we can't really work to do the most complicated stuff," McShane said.
"We've chosen a couple of [courses] that we know that we can do."
McShane works for Parker-Anderson Enrichment, an after-school enrichment program that offers classes for students in more than 100 schools in the Los Angeles region, according to the company.