FIRST LEGO League Robotics Qualifier on Dec. 1 in Belcamp

From TechBrick Robotics:

On Saturday, December 1, 2012, six of more than 260 Maryland FIRST LEGO League teams will be competing in the first of 12 state qualifiers. The event is being held at SURVICE Engineering’s Brass Mill facility in Belcamp and is sponsored by SURVICE Engineering and TechBrick Robotics.

Teams of 6-10 young engineers, ages 8-14, will be joining us. They are from the following schools and organizations:

Boys & Girls Club of Harford County (2 teams)
Hall’s Cross Roads Elementary
MD School of the Blind
Saint Margaret’s (2 teams)

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is one of the four programs offered by US FIRST. These programs span ages 5-18 and involve more than 300,000 children in 51 countries. The state organization, Maryland FIRST has more than 550 teams in the four programs and 250+ FLL teams. Given the stunning growth of the program over the past 6 years, they must hold qualifiers in which teams compete for one of the 72 slots at the state competition in January at UMBC.

FIRST LEGO League challenges young engineers on every level and compels them to develop real-world working skills and solutions. Each year FLL uses a theme for the challenge. This year the theme is “Senior Solutions.”

To succeed students must do the following:

– Interview a senior and develop a program or solution to assist with that senior’s needs.

– Create a full project and presentation

– Program a robot to do numerous missions that are based around the challenges that seniors face (lifting, reaching, carrying, etc.)

– Do creative exercises to demonstrate the teamwork skills they have developed during the season.

TechBrick Robotics is in its 10th year of providing out-of-school robotics programs for homeschoolers and public/private school students in the Harford, Cecil, and Baltimore County areas.

SURVICE Engineering Brass Mill facility
1362 Brass Mill, Suite 2
Belcamp, MD 21017