WVU Extension Service’s 4-H Youth Program will be hosting a First LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Competition on Saturday November 12th at Jackson’s Mill.
What is First Lego League Robotics: FLL and FLLJr has Kindergarten through 8th grade girls and boys learn engineering design and computer programing through projects, presentations, and a robot table competition wrapped around a yearly theme. The mission of FLL is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, inspire innovation, and foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. This year’s themes are Animal Allies for FLL and Creature Craze for FLLJr.
Why FLL Tournaments: This program continues to grow each year and 2016 will be our biggest yet with more than 100 teams statewide. The 4-H Robotics Competition is one of ten qualifying events that teams can attend across the state. FLL teams must place at one of the ten qualifying events to be invited to compete at the State Championship Tournament in Fairmont, WV on December 3rd. Additionally, the qualifiers and tournament give teams an opportunity to practice and hone their skills, meet other likeminded youth from all over the state and… it’s really fun!
How can you be involved: We need volunteers to serve as judges, referees and mentors at the pit/practice tables, and with general help throughout the day. Prior experience in robotics is NOT REQUIRED. While you may not be familiar with FLL, NXTs, or EV3s, most of the judging and mentoring positions focus more on team work, presentation skills, a team research project based on this year’s theme, and/or general design concepts at the level of an elementary or middle school student. The youth that participate in this event love to interact with the volunteers, especially college students. This will be a great opportunity for you to share your enthusiasm for science, engineering, and technology as well as impart some basic information on what it’s like to study or work in these fields through casual interactions with the kids.
The majority of the help will be needed in the morning through 2:30 as well as other needs solely in the afternoon. A light breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt will be provided to all volunteers. Event details are listed below. This is a really exciting, high energy event that spreads enthusiasm for STEM! Please contact me at your earliest convenience if you would like to volunteer.
When: Saturday, November 12, 2016 from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Jackson’s Mill (Assembly Hall), Weston, WV
*Weston is about an hour drive from Morgantown south on I-79 (I will provide directions upon volunteering). In addition, I will have a passenger van and can transport 6-10 volunteers with me that morning (will leave around 6:45 AM and return that evening).
8:15-8:30 AM: Judges Meeting
8:30-9:30 AM: Team Registration and Pit set-up (teams receive their competition schedule), Assembly Hall
9:30-9:50 AM: Welcome and Kick-off, Assembly Hall
10:00 AM – 1:45: Breakout Judging (technical interview, team building, research presentation), Harrison and Kanawha Cottages. When not in breakout sessions, teams can practice on the robot game tables in the Assembly Hall. JrFLL teams will setup and talk to judges at this time.
12:15 to 1:15 PM: Lunch Break, Dining Hall
1:30 – 4:00 PM: Robot Game Table competitions and FLLJr meetings, Assembly Hall
4:30 – 5:00 PM: Awards Ceremony, Assembly Hall