FIRST LEGO League upcoming events

Here is a list of the teams who won awards at the FIRST LEGO League State Championship on January 17, 2015. Rhode Island Students of the Future thanks National Grid for their support of our FIRST LEGO League World Class season. 

Awards from yesterday's FIRST Lego League State Championship:

1st champion's Mindstorms Mayhem, All Saints STEAM academy, Middletown

2nd place Champions: Bearded Builders, Lawn School, Jamestown

Judges award: Robowolves, Lawn school, Jamestown

Robot performance 1st: 235 points. Gaudet Science Laboratories Gaudet Middle School, Middletown

Robot perf 2nd: Bearded Builders, Lawn School, Jamestown

Core Values, Inspiration: Nintendo Knights of Knowledge, Lawn School, Jamestown

Core Values, Teamwork; Robotic Rulers, Kickemuit Middle School, Bristol/Warren

Core Values, Gracious Professionalism: Educated Engineers, Martin Middle School, East Providence

Project, Research: Hyper green Oreos, family friends in Cumberland

Project, Innovative Solution:Gaudet Science Laboratories, Gaudet Middle School, Middletown

Project, Presentation--Variables, Barrington Middle School, Barrington

Robot, Mechanical Design: Chameleon Circuit Board, Riverside Middle School, East Providence

Robot, Programming: Back to Basics, home based team in Wakefield

Robot, Strategy and Innovation: Robo Storm, neighborhood team, Portsmouth

Congratulations to all 40 teams that competed. A wonderful day with lots of GRACIOUS PROFESSIONALISM!

FIRST LEGO League is a global program that engages elementary and middle school students in real-world challenges by pairing a robotics competition with a research project based on an annual theme. Globally, almost 27,000 teams compete in 80 countries for a total of over 25,000 kids participating in hands-on, inquiry based STEM learning.

FIRST LEGO League is one of four FIRST robotics programs designed to engage kids, ages 6-18, in science, technology, engineering and math. Founded by Dean Kamen, FIRST, has a 25 year history of making robotics into a team sport that builds workforce and leadership skills. Dean was recently on CBS Sunday Morning talking about the importance of FIRST to our country's future—you don't want to miss this segment. It's a wonderful story of one man whose enthusiasm and drive brings together hundreds of thousands of volunteers to help kids build a better future.

Each of the FIRST programs is managed by a local Operational Partner—Rhode Island Students of the Future (RISF), is the operational partner for FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League, serving students aged 6-14. RISF is an all-volunteer, non profit organization that harnesses over 300 volunteers to manage a 14 week FIRST LEGO League season that features 6 public events and the National Robotics Week celebration, the Robot Block Party (hosted in partnership with Brown University's Humanity Centered Robotics Initiative.) 
FIRST offers 4 programs for K-12 students, RISF manages FIRST LEGO League and Jr. FIRST LEGO League, the 2 programs for younger students.

We collaborate with New England Institute of Technology, the Operational Partner of the FIRST Tech Challenge for middle and high school students, and IngenuityNE/NE FIRST which runs the FIRST Robotics Competition for the high school students, for all of New England.

We are all independent organizations, and together, we create a strong pipeline of students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and actively engaged in learning, making and doing. By participating in FIRST programs, kids develop persistence, the ability to deal with open ended problems, and confidence in dealing with complexity. These kids are the leaders of tomorrow.

Here in Rhode Island, over 600 students are part of 64 FIRST LEGO League teams, 40 of which advanced through our qualifying tournament system to Saturday's FIRST LEGO League state championship.

FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, designed to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects. Participants, ages 9-14, form teams of 2-10 members. Teams can form from any group: school, scouts, religious organizations, home school groups or even groups of friends. After the challenge has been released, teams have about three months to design, program and build their robot, and prepare an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme.

The LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit is used to build a robot capable of completing tasks autonomously on the playing field. Team members can use any LEGO parts to build the robot – including parts they already own.

Each team’s hard work culminates in one day, high-energy, sports-like qualifying tournament. During the tournaments, teams have three rounds on the competition tables to get the best score possible. When not competing with their robots, teams present their research presentations, are interviewed about the technical design of their robots, and demonstrate how they work together to achieve goals. Award winners at regional qualifiers advance to January's Championship event, sponsored by National Grid, produced by Rhode Island Students of the Future in partnership with Roger Williams University. Those who don't advance to the Championship are eligible to participate in the FLL Robot Invitational, held in late January. The winners of the Champion’s Award, our most prestigious award, may be eligible to participate in either the FIRST World Festival or a North American or International Open.

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