First Lego League Robotics Team Has Successful First Outing
On Saturday, October 20, the Mirman First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Team faced off against 22 teams in a practice tournament hosted by our neighbors, The Curtis School. Led by coaches Jeffery Flagg (Director of STEM) and Amanda Sullivan, the team is comprised of Kevin C. (US2), Christian S. (US2), London M. (US2), Devan K. (US2), Vaughn E. (US2), Julianna H. (US3), and Russell F. (US3). The team is mentored by US3 student Bryan T.
The concept of FLL is to boost enthusiasm for STEAM through the use of robot engineering and projects related to a theme. Students build and program robots to run autonomously through complex missions. The FLL Teams take the opportunity to experience all steps of a real product development process: solving a problem under time pressure with insufficient resources and unknown competitors. The theme for this year is "Into Orbit," related to the unknown world of Space.
The team successfully scored high marks in all four categories for Robot Design, Core Values, and Programming — eventually scoring their highest achievement by winning the award for Outstanding Project Design. For the project, the team developed a concept for heightening security through a spacesuit helmet as a preventative measure to detect physical and environmental hazards. The interface was developed by Vaughn E. (US2), who programmed the visual simulation using Scratch.
Coaches Flagg and Sullivan were very proud of the team and will continue to build on their success by prepping for the forthcoming qualifying tournament at La Cañada High on November 17.