Lego Whizzes Capture Cup

Team Legona Beach wins first place. Front left: Coach Jim Wogulis, Jack Fast, Michael Wogulis, Perry Cheves, Tyler Cheves, Michael Beu and Coach Brendon Cheves. Photo by Kari Nies.

Laguna Beach students maneuvered their robots to capture first place overall in the first Lego League Cup this weekend at Carlsbad’s Legoland.


This is Team Legona Beach’s third year as part of First Lego League, which uses Legos and robotics to help solve a new real-world challenge each year. This year’s challenge was “Food Factor: Keeping Food Safe.”


The team is comprised of local middle school students Michael Beu, Jack Fast, Michael Wogulis, Tyler Cheves, Perry Cheves and JP DeBarber. The team topped 60 others with high scores in project presentation, robot design, and core values. Their innovative banana box prevented fruit from spoiling, students demonstrated exemplary cooperative teamwork, and shined with superior design skills involving software development and mechanical engineering.


Head coach Brendon Cheves and fellow coach Jim Wogulis intend to create a high-school level team for robotics and software programming.


In April, the eighth-graders will attend RoboGames in San Mateo, an annual international robot competition.


New members in grades 8-11 are welcome. Contact Cheves for further information: [email protected] or 949-533-9275.




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