Friday, November 15, 2013
The Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy and the Westminster College Drinko Center for Experiential Learning held a scrimmage for the First Lego League on Saturday, November 8, 2013, in Westminster's Old 77. AmeriCorps VISTA Marah Alouise and Terri L. Lenox, chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department, organized the scrimmage; the Westminster College chapter of Kappa Delta Pi, a national honor society in education, organized a bake sale for the event.
Seven teams with 45 students, ages 9-16, participated in the scrimmage, which was a low-pressure opportunity to come out as a team for the robot portion of the FLL competition. School districts represented in the event were Holy Sepulcher in Butler, Sharon City School District, Wilmington Area Schools, and the Pine Richland School District.
Starting in December teams will compete at regional major qualifying competitions; and if they are successful, they can advance to the Western PA FLL (First Lego League) Grand Championship, which will be hosted by Carnegie Mellon's Robotics Academy on February 22, 2014.
The mission of the First Lego League (FLL): Our mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/vision