First Lego League is a robotics competition. But cooperation among competing teams is encouraged. In fact, points are awarded for helping rivals out.
Peter Sauer is racking up huge points. The Staples High School freshman wrote a book that explains everything from the rules of the competition to exactly how to build a better robot. In other words, it’s a blueprint for beating his own team.
That’s fine. Peter loves everything robotic. The more people he can help share his passion, the better.
Last year Peter, his younger brother Luke, his father and a few friends constructed a robot with wheels, motors and sensors. They entered a contest whose theme was “How to Improve Life for Seniors.” Peter’s robot functioned as an automatic pill dispenser.
As impressive as that was, Peter wanted to do more. When Apple introduced its iBooks Author program — enabling anyone to create interactive textbooks, filled with galleries, video, diagrams, 3D objects, mathematical expressions and more — Peter realized he could bring robotics to the masses.
He did not know much about book design — but iBooks made it easy.
His FLL Handbook — complete with animations, and a fun interactive quiz after every chapter — was aimed at middle school students. Version 2.0 — recently published — is for high schoolers.
It’s a big hit, with copies sold in countries far beyond the US.
Peter’s team recently placed 1st in state competition.
That’s no surprise. He literally wrote the book on robotics.