by Lisa Tome
You can turn what you love into a career.
That was just one lesson taught by Victoria Stone from Maryland Extension as she hosted the Ready, Set, Sugo Bots challenge recently at the Chesapeake City Branch Library.
The program, geared for children ages 7-11, introduced children to Sugo Bots.
Sugo Bots, which is now worldwide, got its start in Garrett County in western Maryland. As part of an entrepreneurship program, 4-H Club members invented Sugo Bots which is similar to Sumo wrestling but with robots. The goal is to knock the robot opponent out of a circular ring.
"Your hobby can become something like this," Stone told the children. She also explained science concepts such as force and torque.
Stone brought along computerized robots. The children enrolled in the library program then broke into teams of three or four. They were then challenged to choose which of the models of robots would perform best. They also had to come up with team names. The children chose Dominators, Killers, Warriors, and Sharks. There were brackets for winners and losers.
Before the program began, Seamus Malinowski, who will enter sixth grade this fall, wasn't sure what to expect. He said he was hoping to build his own robot.