Wahluke students solve problem, create language app

Print Article

Left to right, the WJH team was made up of Mark Magdaleno, Noe Martinez, Yoseline Orozco Cardoso, Kevin Gomez and Brayan Santiago.

MATTAWA – Competing in the First Lego League regional challenge in Spokane on Dec. 7, students from Wahluke Junior High School developed an app that will take voice, text, or graphics communications and translate them to speech or text of a different language.

This was Wahluke's second year. The team members developed multiple aspects of presentation and design for the entire spectrum of the competition in hopes of being a competitive team for 2014-15 season.

“Kevin Gomez, Brayan Rene Santiago, Yoseline Orozco Cardoso, and Noe Martinez and I had a good time,” seventh grade student Mark Magdaleno. “People have a problem in our community. Lots of them speak only Spanish or only English.”

The students came up with the idea of making an app called Ultra-Translator Pro. With the app you can take a picture of a text, or you can talk to the app and have it repeat in a different language. You can also take a picture of an object, and the app will tell you what the object is.

Last year, WJH received the FLL Judges Award. This recognition is reserved for teams that have shown promise in their efforts taking on the challenge as a rookie team. It was given to only one of the 30 teams that competed in the Central Washington Qualifier.

The teams at Spokane were judged in three categories, Core Values, Robot Design, and a Project Presentation.

FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) emphasizes two Core Values, Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation. This boiled down to doing your best and helping others do their best while looking for teamwork while competing.

Robot Design is the building of a functioning autonomous robot that will complete missions that represent real life problems. The third portion, Presentation, involves taking the theme and developing an innovative solution to a stated problem.

This year’s theme, World Class Education, revolves around using technology, human resources, and multiple formats of communication to learn from others.

The Robot Race portion of the meet gets a lot of attention. This is a timed event in which the designed robots compete against the clock and play head-to-head with other preprogrammed robots.

For the project portion of the competition, Wahluke Junior High students chose to address the communication gaps between different languages.

“Overall, the students had a great time and learned many things about teamwork and the use of technology,” advisor Arthur Morken said.

Print Article

Read More News

Blast at Ariana Grande concert in England kills 19 people

AP

May 22, 2017 at 10:03 pm | MANCHESTER, England (AP) — An explosion struck an Ariana Grande concert attended by thousands of young music fans in northern England, killing at least 19 people and injuring dozens in what police sa...

Comments

Read More

WA Current Conditions

AP

May 22, 2017 at 10:00 pm | WA Current Conditions as of 10:00 PM PDT Monday, May 22, 2017 _____ City/Town;Weather Condition;Temp (F);Wind Direction;Wind Speed (MPH);Humidity (%) Arlington;Clear;64;NW;6;52% Belli...

Comments

Read More

Corruption trial begins for ex-South Korean President Park

AP

May 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm | SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Former President Park Geun-hye stared straight ahead and denied that she engaged in bribery and leaking government secrets at Tuesday's start of the criminal trial that coul...

Comments

Read More

1 injured in collision

May 22, 2017 at 5:00 am | Columbia Basin Herald SOAP LAKE — A Moses Lake man was injured on Thursday after he reportedly rear-ended a vehicle south of Soap Lake. About 5 p.m. Gayle Adams, 34, of Coulee City, was driving a 2002 Ford F-250 south on...

Comments

Read More

Contact Us

(509) 765-4561
PO Box 910
Moses Lake, WA 98837

©2017 Columbia Basin Herald Terms of Use Privacy Policy
X
X