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Tornado policy draft offered to Manchester school board by Hillside Middle School Lego team

MANCHESTER — A team of would-be engineers at Hillside Middle School has created a draft tornado policy for Manchester schools and sent it to the school superintendent and school board for consideration.

The policy was devised by the middle school's FIRST Lego League team and it won the team second place in the regional competition held last Saturday at Hillside, said coach Diane Seabury. The second place is good enough to send the team to the 50-team New Hampshire First Lego League Championship Tournament on Dec. 7 at Nashua High School.

The challenge calls on FIRST Lego League teams to research natural disasters and propose creative solutions. Teams will also build, test and program an autonomous robot to perform solutions such as positioning an evacuation sign, clearing a runway of debris and delivering supplies.

According to Seabury, Manchester schools have no policy for tornados. The team developed a 6-minute video of a simulated tornado drill with safety tips. It is suggesting the district show it to students in enrichment class instead of a drill, which is time-consuming.

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