Yesterday, at the Maryland FIRST Lego League Championship held on the campus of the University of Maryland Baltimore Campus (UMBC), the WLMS' Robotics Team performed impressively. In fact they placed in the top 20 out of the 64 teams who competed yesterday and out of the 215 teams that began the year. I am so proud of each of our team members. They are: Augie, Daniel, Calvin, Skylar and Noah. Way to guys!
Also, I want to commend our coach, Mr. Fox, and all of the parents who helped to prepare and transport our team during this season.
Considering this is only WLMS's second year competing in this competition, I am confident that we will only get better in the future as we fine tune our robot and work on gaining more points during each round.
What is the FIRST LEGO League (FLL)? It is a result of an exciting alliance between FIRST (a non-profit organization dedicated to helping students become technology leaders) and the LEGO Company. Guided by adult mentors and their own imaginations, FLL students solve real-world engineering challenges and develop important life skills.
FLL provides students, age 9-14, with a hands-on, interactive robotics program in a sports-like atmosphere. Teams of up to 10 players focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking to develop solutions to a problem currently facing the world - the Challenge.
Each September, a new Challenge is unveiled to FLL teams across the world. Over the ensuing 8 weeks, the teams strategize, design, build, program, test and refine a fully autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ technology. The teams also do their own research, talk to professionals, and develop compelling presentations which relate to the Challenge. At FLL competitions, the teams are evaluated on their robot's performance, their presentation, teamwork and robot design.
Find out more about how to start a team and other Maryland FLL events. (Source: First Lego League of Maryland Website)