From Harford County Public Schools:
Elizabeth Cartier, seventh grade science teacher at Aberdeen Middle School, recently led her middle school students to a win in the 2009 “Smart Move” Challenge as part of the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics Competition.
FIRST is an acronym for the phrase ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology,’ and every year FLL works with experts in the field to develop a challenge that relates to a significant real-world issue. The end result is two-fold and requires research to complete the project, as well as science and engineering to master the complex missions of the robot game. The goal of the 2009 “Smart Move” Challenge was to change the way people view transportation.
Ms. Cartier advised the school’s first-ever robotics team, which won the technical design trophy for the best robot design and presentation at Salisbury Middle School on January 9th. The team qualified to compete in the state competition this year, to be held on January 30th at the University of Maryland. Ms. Cartier was also a participant in the University of Delaware’s Nature InSpired Engineering-Research Experience for Teachers (NISE-RET) program during the summer of 2008.