Saturday, our mentor Tom H and I volunteered at the official Lego League Rumble for the FIRST Lego League at Summit Lakes Middle School. Here’s a little info about the FLL:
“Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids:
- Research and solve a real-world problem based on the Challenge theme
- Present their research and solutions
- Build an autonomous robot using engineering concepts”
The Lego League is for kids aged 9-14, versus the FIRST Robotics Challenge for high schoolers. Tom judged a practice technical awards, giving teams input on how to succeed at the official FLL competition in Liberty in December. I refereed a field that looked like this:
Each team had 2 people at the table who interchanged with other members who programmed their little robots to complete ‘mission’s such as opening a window, delivering laptops to research areas, insulating houses, etc. It was SO much fun! (I had a real ref shirt that the ref’s wear at the FIRST competitions ) To learn more about the FLL, click HERE! We are both going to be volunteering at the Lego League challenge in December, and I can’t wait!
Also on Saturday,Team Driven’s Junior Robotics League had it’s conclusion with its competition. 17 teams composed of a couple elementary-9th graders competed after building a vex robot in 6 weeks. For more information on the Jr. Robotics League, click HERE!