Each year Lego Robotics teams all across the globe participate in a qualifying competition for the FIRST Lego Leagues (FLL) National Competition. This year over 200,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 70 countries will explore how to create a robot rescue mission for various natural disaster simulations. Our team chose earthquakes! In the state of Washington more than 5,000 students plan to participate in the competition. The judges will consist of engineers and project managers who will evaluate the students work and decide if their team is qualified to advance to the semi-finals. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue will participate next Saturday (Jan 18th) at Former Woodway Highschool in Edmonds at 7:30 a.m.
In preparation for the event, our team of tech-enthused Lego Robotics members meet twice a week planning for the Nature’s Fury Challenge. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue’s team is a group of eager students from the Bellevue School District looking to solve challenging tech problems. The students are given the responsibility to program their robot’s mission, plan the agenda for weekly meetings and share ideas clearly to the team. In only their third week of programming, the students were given the responsibility to decide on a team name and design a team logo, assess the project problems and solutions, and improve and complete the robot mission.The skills gained through Lego Robotics are ones the students are going to take with them into adulthood. Lego Robotics is helping the team members develop stronger critical thinking and teamwork skills.
During the competition the team is also required to follow the FLL Core Values, where the participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. The Core Values of the Lego Robotics team are;
We are a team
We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors
We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers we learn together
We honor spirit of friendly competition
What we discover is more important than what we win
We share our experiences with others
We have Fun!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue pride themselves in providing enriching activities with the most advanced technologies and resources. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Bellevue hope that programs like Lego Robotics will further encourage the future of technology and innovation for the youth of Bellevue.