From The John Carroll School:
The John Carroll School will be hosting a Maryland First Lego League (FLL) Qualifiers on December 11 from 11:30 to 4:00pm in the John Carroll School Gym. Team Registration begins at 10:30am. Admission is free. FLL teams consist of up to ten students age 9-14. Teams build programmable, motorized robots out of LEGOs and also research and report on specific topics. The theme of the 2010-2011 season, Body Forward, is all about biotechnology and bioengineering. Teams are judged on the technical characteristics of their robot, how well it performs a set of tasks, the quality of the team’s research project, and how well the team works together and with others.
The top 64 teams from all ten state-wide Qualifiers will meet at the Maryland FLL State Championship on February 2011 at UMBC’s Retriever Activities Center in Baltimore, Maryland, and from there have a chance to advance to the FLL World Championships in St. Louis, Missouri in April 2011.
This is the first time that The John Carroll School has hosted this event, but it is a natural extension of the School’s strong math and science programs and commitment to STEM education. President Richard O’Hara said, “John Carroll is excited to welcome these talented students onto our campus to demonstrate their robotics skills in what is shaping up to be a very competitive qualifier.” He adds, “The students and teachers of John Carroll are passionate about this program and look forward to sharing their expertise with the teams competing.”
The John Carroll School is also competing with two teams in the Maryland First Tech Challenge – a mid-level robotics competition for high-school students. They have been scrimmaging over the Fall in hopes of competing in the 2010 Maryland FIRST Tech Challenge Championship in December 2010.
For more information about the event call Kurt S. Sudbrink (443) 371-8059 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.