Posted by: ACFE Inc | December 2, 2011

FIRST LEGO League: This weekend!

Have you ever wondered about different ways to improve food quality, ways to prevent contamination or even just how your food stays fresh?  Well, over 200,000 9-14 year old students have accepted the challenge of tackling some of these questions in the FIRST® LEGO® League 2011 Food Factor Challenge: Keeping Food Safe. This challenge was given to groups of innovative children from various areas within the region: investigate their food and find one way to improve its safe delivery to those eating it. Teams then create an innovative solution that will address this problem or to come up with new ideas that could fix the problem.  LEGO® robotics is a great way to incorporate STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education into (and after) a school day without making it seem like work, and the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is one more method that teachers can use to get students excited about science, math, and problem solving.

There are three parts to the challenge: first, the teams program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to score points during 2 ½ minute matches on a themed field. Secondly, teams also have to develop a solution or new ideas to the problem of how to keep food safe before it’s eaten; lastly, they present their solutions on Saturday, December 3 at the Willow Grove Complex. FLL is not just about the project itself, however; while participating in the project, teams are guided by the FLL Core Values, which include the idea that friendly competition and mutual gain can go together and that helping each other is the foundation of teamwork. The winners of this regional competition will go to the University of Pennsylvania Irvine Auditorium to compete on January 28th.

Among the participants this year is the Haverford School. This competition will be the Ford Bots’ first Lower School Robotic Team Tournament, and the team is very excited to get started on what will hopefully be a long and successful track record. The team is headed by Cheryl Joloza, science teacher for 4th and 5th grade, and Sarah Barton, fourth grade teacher. While this blogger admits that she is definitely biased, this is an enthusiastic, bright group of young men, and the best of luck to them at the competition!



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