At first glance, the 2013 Lego League Tournament looked like it might have been a difficult day. The program in our area is growing by leaps and bounds. This season several new school districts, along with brand new coaches, joined the program. The first season is often overwhelming for new teams, who face a steep learning curve in only eight weeks. All teams, fourteen in all, worked hard since the beginning of the school year to prepare for the largest ever Southern Tier Lego League Tournament.
According to the judges, Nature’s Fury stirred up some of the highest quality innovative research, sophisticated robot design and admirable displays of core values. Congratulations to every participant and coach, new and veteran, for an impressive season. Four teams earned the honor of advancing to the Championship Tournament at the University of Rochester on Sunday, December 8.
Houghton’s Student Center was the place to be on November 23 as more than a hundred 9-14 year old students, their coaches and families, and volunteers discovered innovative ways to explore robotics while having fun! It was inspiring to witness Gracious Professionalism, the far-sighted goal of FIRST, in so many ways by team members, coaches and volunteers.
First Lego League, a world-wide robotics program, was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in Science and Technology. Each year a new program is designed to motivate kids to get excited about research, engineering, math and problem solving, while building self confidence, knowledge and life skills.
Nature's Fury was this year's Challenge and teams were tasked with finding ways to prepare, respond and recover from natural disasters. For more information about Lego League Robotics, check out this link: firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury.
We appreciated having such a fun and knowledgeable group of volunteers from our CABOCES region! The event would not take place without the help and expertise of almost 50 volunteers.
Please call or email BOCES Student Programs at 716-376-8284 if you'd like more information.