Anderson Homeschoolers to Represent State at World Robotics Competition

Front- Ana Keller, The robot, Quetzal Velasco; Middle- Andrew Gowan, Rio Velasco, Isaac Adams; Back- Eric Adams, Brandon Gowan, Samuel Larrabee, and Nate Willoughby

Front- Ana Keller, The robot, Quetzal Velasco;
Middle- Andrew Gowan, Rio Velasco, Isaac Adams;
Back- Eric Adams, Brandon Gowan, Samuel Larrabee, and Nate Willoughby

A truly remarkable group of homeschool students in Anderson County have gone further than any other group in the state in a robotics competition.  They alone will be representing Kentucky against competitors from around the world.

Called the ‘Lectric Legends, the team has been building robots for nine years when Kelli Gowan and Barbara Adams created the group with their homeschooled children.  Competing in various competitions hosted by FIRST, a national company that promotes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, they have honed their skills and continued to advance.

This year, they are competing in the FIRST Tech Challenge.  Using high tech software, computers, and electronics, they not only came out on top at the state level competition earlier this year, but also now have taken the super regional competition.  This has qualified them to compete at the FIRST World Championships in St Louis at the end of April.  They also received the Connect Award.

The process has taught the students a range of important skills. “Yes, this robotics experience provides opportunities to learn computer programming, mechanical and electrical engineering, teamwork, and strategizing.  However, the kids also learn public speaking, organizational skills, creativity, gracious professionalism and more,” Barbara said.

According to Barbara, the team is one out of 128 teams from around the world, but they are the only one from Kentucky.  The competition will be a tough head to head battle along with interviews with the judges, attending a college fair, be student ambassadors, and more.

To represent Kentucky at the world competition, the team is still looking for sponsors and donations.  Just registration fees for the competition will cost $1000. For more information, check out their GoFundMe page.

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