Northern Garrett High School to host FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifier on December 10, 2016

Last Updated on Nov 30, 2016 at 11:49am

A FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Competition will be held at Northern Garrett High School in Accident, Maryland, on Saturday, December 10, 2016. Sixteen teams from Garrett and Allegany counties will be competing for one of four invitations to the Maryland State FLL Tournament in February, 2017. Hosted by the local FIRST Robotics Team 1629, teams will be judged in four categories including robot performance, research presentation on the challenge theme, robot design, and the core values of FIRST. This year’s challenge theme is ANIMAL ALLIESSM. In the 2016 FIRST® LEGO® League Challenge, more than 32,000 teams of students ages 9 to 14 will look into the eyes of our ANIMAL ALLIES. What might become possible when people learn to help each other? FIRST LEGO League introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable career and life skills. The program challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. Alongside adult Mentors, teams solve problems and learn engineering concepts, presentation techniques, and programming.

During the ANIMAL ALLIES season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout the experience, teams will operate under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.

More information on this challenge can be found at: .

FLL teams consist of up to ten students, ages 9 through 14. Along with presenting creative solutions to identifying a problem when people and animals interact, teams will be competing with LEGO based robots. Teams build and program their robots in advance of the event to autonomously score as many points as possible on this year’s challenge field in three separate two and a half minute matches.

Winners of the Fall 2016 Garrett County Public School Coding for Community contest will be announced prior to the start of the official rounds at 12:30 PM. The purpose of this coding competition is to encourage students to identify needs in their community and create a solution through coding/making. “Community” could refer to a physical location, school or school system, or a virtual community in which the student participates.

The event is free and open to the public. Actual robot matches will begin at 12:30 PM and continue through the afternoon. An awards presentation is scheduled for 2:30 PM. Teams will undergo research and technical judging as well as participate in practice rounds with their robots in the morning. The event at Northern High School is one of seventeen qualification events in which teams must compete in order to go on to the Maryland State FLL Tournament at UMBC in February, 2017. There are approximately 360 teams competing across the state. FIRST LEGO League is a worldwide program with over 32,000 teams in more than 80 countries. Nearly 255,000 children discover the fun and excitement in science and technology through the FLL events. For more information about FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the Garrett Qualifier visit us at: .
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