December 6, 2013
For the 13th year in a row, students from the York County School
District will get the opportunity to display their
natural-disaster-themed FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) projects at York
Technical College on Friday, December 6 in the Student Center Atrium
from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
This year, the FLL has challenged students aged 9-16 to create their
LEGO masterpieces with natural disasters in mind. In the 2013
“Nature’s Fury” challenge, students are tasked with discovering what
can be done when intense natural events meet the places where people
live, work, and play. While thinking like scientists and engineers,
the Nature’s Fury teams will build, test, and program an autonomous
robot (using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology) to solve a set of missions in
a Robot Game. Not only that, but they will be challenged to choose and
solve a real-world problem.
York Tech Engineering Technology Department
Chair Cree Stout is serving as the FLL Qualifier Coordinator. She has
spent months leading the judging process by coordinating the judging
panel and ensuring that members of the panel are well versed on FLL
rules, requirements and judging criteria.
“We are excited for the teams to come
to York Tech and display the projects they’ve worked so hard on.
Amongst a list of qualifying criteria, we are going to be judging on
innovation, team work, gracious professionalism, and the actual
project itself,” Stout said.
What FLL teams accomplish with these
projects is nothing short of amazing. It’s a fun and exciting time for
students to build skills that will last a lifetime, such as team
building, presenting and critical thinking. The winner that York Tech
selects will qualify to compete in the state compeition.
Vice President of Business Services Marc Tarplee initiated the FLL
Operational Partnership for York Tech in 2000. Since then, it has been
an ever-evolving opportunity for York Tech to provide a rewarding
experience to students in the York County School District.
“I always found this competition to be very
exciting, two hundred plus middle schoolers bring a lot of energy with
them,” Tarplee said.
About FIRST® LEGO® League:
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14
in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about
science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life
skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely
designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with
at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing
club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who
wish to do something awesome.
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