This is the second year Capt. N has participated in First Lego League. I really can't say enough about it. The kids learn so incredibly much. It's more than just playing with Lego bricks. As a matter of fact, actual Lego building is very little of what they do. This is real life math, science & teamwork - all important skills for most any career they will eventually strive towards.
• ROBOT GAME •
|Of course, getting the challenge mat & setting it up is one of the most exciting days. They have to build a robot, then program it to perform various missions with the goal of earning as many points as possible.|
|Lego technic pieces to build their robot.|
|Through lots of trial & error, the kids come up with a robot design that will work for their missions.|
|On Capt. N's team they each choose a mission they want to focus on. Then they work on programming the nxt brick to complete the mission. Actual engineering for kids ages 9-14.|
|They have to figure out ways to get their robot to turn at the correct angle or go a certain distance.|
That's just the Robot Game portion of the challenge. They also have to work on a Project & Core Values.
• PROJECT •
|Each year there is a theme & the kids have to come up with a real life solution to a problem within the theme. Lots of brainstorming goes on to figure out their project.|
|The item they came up with this year was a debris shield. They had to figure out the material it would be made from, why they chose that material & how it would be used.|
|A mechanical engineer talked to the team about strength vs. toughness. A material can be strong but to stand up to impact it must be tough.|
|To test toughness they dropped various items like bricks, stones & wood.|
|They decided their debris shield would also be fire resistant. They built this box to show how that part of the debris shield would work.|
|The chocolate lego guy unprotected from the heat gun melted. The guy behind the shield did not.|
• FLL CORE VALUES •
|They also have to show that they have been working on good teamwork skills.|
|They have to put together a tri-fold board showcasing the core values.|
• SHOWING THEIR IDEAS TO THE COMMUNITY •
|Practicing their presentation, which they also have to put together themselves, & showing their ideas to the Knights of Pythias.|
|The fire department came in and watched the team at work. They also talked to the kids about fire resistant materials.|
• THE TOURNAMENT •
Again, I can't say enough about First Lego League. The kids learn so much & are proud of all they've accomplished. I highly recommend it.