Robo Vikes host FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Event

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The First Lego League (FLL) is a competition founded by Dean Kamen, which is aimed towards children in grades 4-8. First Lego League teams are eligible to compete in organized competitions like the upcoming “Animal Allies” event.  Over 32,000 teams and 250,000 participants take part in this event.  There have been over 1,400 events held and 88 countries involved.  All this adds up to tons of fun while they apply science, technology, engineering and math concepts. The students develop critical thinking and team building skills, and basic presentation skills. The basic presentation skills come in handy when presenting their solutions to the judges.

Mentored by Nolan Catholic’s Robotics team the Robo Vikes, teams research real-world problems and are challenged to develop a solution. The Robo Vike mentors help the students design, build and program a robot using the LEGO MINDSTORMS kits provided by the school, and compete on a small field. These real world problems inspires teams to research, build, experiment and overcome obstacles.  The Nolan Catholic Robo Vikes are currently mentoring their feeder schools. T he schools Robo Vikes go to are St. Maria Goretti, St. Andrew’s, and Daggett Montessori School.Mentored by Nolan Catholic’s Robotics team the Robo Vikes, teams research real-world problems and are challenged to develop a solution. The Robo Vike mentors help the students design, build and program a robot using the LEGO MINDSTORMS kits provided by the school, and compete on a small field. These real world problems inspires teams to research, build, experiment and overcome obstacles.  The Nolan Catholic Robo Vikes are currently mentoring their feeder schools. T he schools Robo Vikes go to are St. Maria Goretti, St. Andrew’s, and Daggett Montessori School.

This is the third year in a row that the Robo Vikes have hosted an FLL Qualifier.  “It takes 100’s of hours of planning, over 60 volunteers, and lots of energy!  But it is all worth it.” says, Dr. Scheer, the event’s director.  There will be 34 middle school robotics teams from all over the Metroplex.  11 of those teams will move on to either a 2nd chance qualifier or the FLL Championship!  The event consists of four areas of performance, Project, Core-Values, Robot Design, and Robot Performance.  These teams have been preparing since September and are ready for a competition full of co-opertition and gracious professionalism!

The core values of the First Lego Leagues are the backbone of the program. The program is among the underlying elements that make it different from other programs of its type. The participants learn not only the mathematics and engineering, they also learn that friendly competition and shared gain are not separate goals, but helping is the start of teamwork.  We hope to see you there.

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