FIRST LegoÂ League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14 (grades 4 to 8). The Tech Council financially supports local teams and an annual regional competitionÂ (the largest in the state) in partnership with Central VA Community College each October.
FIRST programs have been a successful part of our regionâ€™s S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering, and math) program for over five years.
From the FIRST website:
“FIRST LEGO League introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.
Elementary and middle-school students get to:
- Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMSÂ® technology.
- Apply real-world math and science concepts.
- Research challenges facing todayâ€™s scientists.
- Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills.
- Participate in tournaments and celebrations.
What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. Itâ€™s fun. Itâ€™s exciting. And the skills they learn will last a lifetime.”
From the FIRST LEGO League website:
“The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year-olds, 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.”
To learn more about this year’s challenge go to: www.FirstLegoLeague.org
To learn more about the Lynchburg Regional FIRST LEGO competition and associated events keep an eye on our website for announcements or contact Barbara Bragg at CVCC: 832-7672 or email braggb [at] cvcc [dot] vccs [dot] edu