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November 15, 2013

Flood drive

Emmet Belknap Robot Rockers prepare for Lego robotics; tackle flooding preparedness

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — After speaking with some Lockport city officials, the Emmet kids heard how that day went back in June. They also learned what to do if caught in a flood, such as staying away from the flood water if possible.

“Stay put, don’t move around,” said Katie Miner, 11. “You don’t know how deep some of the water is... we also learned how to help people.”

The Robot Rockers are also putting together a booklet that will have information on how to prepare for a flood. They will also be talking to second graders on Monday at Roy B. Kelley Elementary on how to be prepared.

Katie Strobel, 11, put together a PowerPoint presentation to help with the team’s talk at Roy B. Kelley. She said back in June her street was flooded while one of her teachers lost everything.

So, Strobel said she wanted to help the Kelley kids understand how important it was to be prepared for a disaster. Her first year on the Rockers, it was playing with Legos and her brother that got her interested in taking part of the team.

“We grew up with Legos,” Strobel said.

If successful on Nov. 23, the Robot Rockers will move on to a regional competition next month at the University of Rochester.

This is the 10th year Emmet Belknap has had a Lego team, Anterline said. And it couldn’t happen without the support the team has received from the community and the district, she said.

Contact reporterJoe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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