Norfolk Collegiate students on their way to state Lego league championships


NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) — With a recent win under their belt, a local Lego robotics team has their eyes on the prize to go all the way.

Six students at Norfolk Collegiate have been working hard to make a name for themselves in the Lego robotics world and it seems to be paying off. 

They say go big or go home when it comes to the state championship this weekend.

Austin Hrisko Sarah Morrow and Kenna O’Brien were pretty excited when they won regionals earlier this month

“That was probably the best moment of my whole life,” said O’Brien

The theme this time around is ‘Into Orbit,’ so they say they are going all the way in four major ways.

First, in core values. 

“Cooperation, competition, respect, efficiency, effectiveness, discovery, team spirit. kids do the work, inclusion respect and we even have some integration,” O’Brien said. 

Plus robot game and design. 

“Light sensors, wheels, wheels that help driving, but don’t do anything. We have a gyroscope which helps us go straight along with our gears on top for attachments,” explained Morrow.

But also in their project ‘Firefighting in Space,’ they have been looking for their key — a thermal imager which can cost as much as $2,000. 

10 On Your Side learned on Tuesday they finally received one just in time.

It boosts their confidence going into this weekend, but they say if this has taught them anything it’s to never give up.

“It won’t work the first time and this is true for life. I mean, if you’re thinking of a great idea and you want to pitch it to someone and they don’t like it, that’s OK just try something new just keep building off of that,” O’Brien said.

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