From TechBrick Robotics:
On Saturday, December 17, 2016, eleven of the more than 360 Maryland FIRST LEGO League teams will be competing in a state qualifier. The event is being held at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County, Edgewood Unit and is sponsored by TechBrick Robotics.
Eleven Teams of 6-10 young engineers, ages 8-14, will be joining us. They are from the following schools and organizations:
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County: Robo Raccoons
• Boys & Girls Clubs of Harford County: Robo-Warriors
• Hickory Elementary: Robo Squirrels
• Aberdeen Middle: “Triple AAA” Aberdeen Animal Allies
• Aberdeen Middle: AMS Bridle Builders
• Hickory Elementary: Squirrel Pack
• Youths Benefit Elementary: Frog Attack
• St Joan of Arc School: SJA Animores
• St Joan of Arc School: SJA Animal Addicts
• TechBrick Robotics: Geeky Geckos
• Southampton Middle School: Fresh Bots of Bel Air
In addition, thirty-two volunteers from numerous regional schools and companies have volunteered to assist including: Bel Air High School; Boys and Girls Clubs of Harford County; Christiana Hospital; Data Systems Analysts, Inc.; Futurewei Technologies; JPEO CBD; Kingsville Elementary School; Royal Farms; SURVICE Engineering; U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity; University of Delaware; and Vencore Labs
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is one of the four programs offered by FIRST INSPIRES. This program spans ages 7-13 and involves more than 24,000 teams in 60 countries. The state organizations, ‘FIRST In Maryland’ and STEMaction, have more than 550 teams in the four K-12 programs and. Given the stunning growth of the program over the past 7 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 “Animal Allies.”
FIRST LEGO League provides a complete engineering experience for young engineers and innovators. The EV3 robotics systems is a robust programming environment that allows new students to achieve results with simple commands and also allows for highly sophisticated programming for advanced students. In includes all the features of commercial software. This combined with advanced sensors and motors provides a platform for a huge range of innovative solutions. The project compels the students to learn to research and most importantly, come to practical and useful conclusions. Some FLL teams have produced patentable ideas. The team work/core values component helps create effective young communicators who know how to work together which is the only way large projects are completed. And the technical scrutiny gives them a taste of what engineering precision requires in a real life interview. Combine all these features with the opportunity to work with technical professionals and you have the formula for success. FLL is the starting point for students in more than 26,000 teams globally. And many of the students who proceed through the two high-school programs, and graduate to engineering schools, can trace their interest to FLL.
To succeed students must do the following:
• Research any topic of interest and present it in a clear, effective manner.
• Create a full project and presentation
• Program a robot to do numerous missions in 2.5 minutes.
• Do creative exercises to demonstrate the teamwork skills they have developed during the season.