Garrett County’s High School Robotics Team 1629, GaCo, will celebrate the National Hour of Code week by hosting its ninth annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) qualification tournament to be held at Northern Garrett High School this Saturday, December 9, 2017. Twenty-three teams from Garrett and Allegany Counties will be competing for top spots to advance to the Maryland State FLL Championship.
As with all FIRST Robotics competitions, the tournament is free and open to all. During the day teams will be competing with their EV3 LEGO robots that are pre-programmed by teams to autonomously perform challenge missions on a 4’ x 8’ playing field. Challenge missions are based on each year’s FLL theme. This year’s challenge theme is “Hydro Dynamics” which focuses on the human water cycle, or in other words, how we use water, how it’s delivered to us, and how we dispose of it. In addition to competing with their robots, teams will be judged on a research project presented to a panel of judges on a solution they have found to a problem related to the challenge theme and how well teams understand and practice FLL Core Values.
Although teams will have the opportunity to participate in practice matches starting at 9:00 AM, the official rounds will not begin until after the opening ceremony at 12:15 PM. Official rounds should conclude by 2:30 PM with an awards ceremony immediately following.
Route Forty School's fifth grade students with their coach and Principal, Mrs. Candy Maust, taking a moment during a coding session to prepare for Saturday's tournament. Their robot, held by Malea, will follow the code written by the team (displayed to the right) to perform various tasks on this year's playing field (further right). From left to right: Lydia Thomas, Mrs. Maust, Malea Fullerton, and Serenity Bunner.
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