Benedict Cumberbatch’s Sherlock Continues in Fourth Year of BBC Series

Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC series Sherlock

Cody Gotchall is a student at Linn-Benton Community College in Oregon who has focused his academic efforts on data analytics and a STEM curriculum. Considering Sir Arthur Conan Doyle one of his favorite authors, Cody Gotchall enjoys Benedict Cumberbatch’s ongoing portrayal of iconic 19th-century detective Sherlock Holmes in the popular BBC series Sherlock.

With the fourth season of Sherlock having kicked off on New Year’s Day of 2017, the detective portrayed by Cumberbatch in a contemporary setting has been described as evolving into a “kinder” character who is able to find more empathy for those around him. This seems a necessary trait for survival, as the series takes a darker turn in a case that starts with the seemingly pointless theft of six plaster busts of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.

As described by Sherlock costar Amanda Abbington, the appeal of Cumberbatch’s Sherlock is his “unashamed intellectualism” in an age of sound bytes. What he represents is particularly reassuring in this era of of dumbed-down presidential debates and news of questionable veracity.


A Brief History of the Early Days of Baseball

Baseball pic


A student through Linn-Benton iLearn, Cody Gotchall has studied everything from science and math to woodworking and engineering. He possesses a unique passion for recognizing patterns in mathematics and other activities and enjoys the strategies involved in baseball. Cody Gotchall also enjoys watching baseball due to its varying pace.

Most historians agree that the game of baseball has its roots in the English game rounders. However, specific details about the sport’s development did not start appearing until 1845. During this year, Alexander Cartwright, who is often viewed as the father of baseball, developed a clear set of rules for the game and established a baseball team. Known as the Knickerbocker Baseball Club of New York City, Cartwright’s team faced off against the New York Baseball Club in the first recorded game of baseball in 1846. Although Cartwright’s team lost, the event started baseball down the path of popularity.

In 1858, amateur baseball players formed the National Association of Baseball Players. This organization was the world’s first baseball league, and it began charging admission to baseball games. In the 1860s, baseball began spreading around the United States and more than 100 teams were represented during the 1868 annual baseball convention.

Baseball soon turned into a professional sport when the Cincinnati Red Stockings started paying players in 1969. This turn toward professionalism altered the way the National Association was run. Rather than being led by the players, the organization was run by businessmen and it changed its name to the National League.

Before long, the rival American Association was formed, followed by the Union Association and the Players League. These groups eventually disbanded, and the American League was formed in 1901. Two years later the first World Series was played.

Team Requirements for FIRST LEGO League


FIRST LEGO League pic


A lifelong Oregon resident, Cody Gotchall studies through Linn-Benton Community College’s iLearn program. Maintaining an interest in math and science, he belonged to a robotics team while in high school and is interested in FIRST Robotics. Cody Gotchall also volunteered with the FIRST LEGO League.

As part of its mission to develop the next generation’s technology and science leaders, FIRST hosts a variety of mentor-based programs, including the FIRST LEGO League.

Designed for individuals between grades four and eight, FIRST LEGO League promotes science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). By using STEM concepts, participants are asked to research and solve a real-world problem related to areas such as recycling or food safety. Each FIRST LEGO League team consists of up to 10 students who are led and motivated by at least two adult coaches. All teams must have a public or private meeting place that has internet access, along with a standard Challenge Set and LEGO MINDSTORMS robot set.

Teams typically form and register between the months of May and October each year. The FIRST LEGO League season challenge information is released in August. Once the challenge is released, teams have a minimum of eight weeks to complete their project. Specific tournament dates vary by season. All team members and coaches must agree to meet at least once per week between the months of September and April. Some teams may also want to compete in off-season events, so coaches must have the free time to accommodate these activities as well.