FLL-First Lego League Competition 2014

U of U Cover U of U SponsorsYou can count on SWE’s presence for this fantastic program of robot challenge for design, project and core values. Each team is judged on their robust robot designed to complete tabletop ‘ missions’ to by autonomous programming, strategy and innovation.  Each team must also present a viable product to judges relating to the specific theme that year.  Finally the must demonstrate overall spirit and teamwork needed to achieve their goals for core values including ‘gracious professionalism’ .  This is related to good sportsmanship but realizing everyone there is your friend and to have fun.

Their robots compete in tabletop robot games against the other teams as challengers.  The highest scoring team out of 3 games wins a trophy.

The theme this year was ‘World Class’, how do you learn best.  The last two years were “Senior Solutions’ (help the elderly) and Nature’s Fury (respond to natural disasters).  Next year is “Trash Trek’, what we do with the tons of trash we generate every day.  Wow! These kids are our future.

The whole event is high energy and fun.  A well rounded team in all areas, design; project; and core values is selected to move onto the next level of competition as champion of the event. What makes it all the more amazing is that these kids are only ages 9-14 and the events and coaches are all volunteers.  There were over 100 volunteers just for the championship event at the U of U on January 31.

The teams worked hard, overcame obstacles and persevered to be invited to this event.  Enjoy the pictures from the Championship.  I included a newspaper picture with the 2nd place champions, Electro-Cuties, who were invited to Lego Land in Carlsbad, California for their award.

Won’t you volunteer next year?  It is inspiring to say the least.

Some Stats for FLL:

256,000 students across the Nation participating in FLL First Lego League

300 teams in Utah alone. Robot Design judge at 3 qualifiers-Jan 3,10 and 17

Robot Design judge at U of U FLL Championship on Jan 31.

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More Info on FLL Championship Competition Jan 31, 2015


With “the force” on their side, team Jedi won the first-place Champions Award at the Fifth Annual Utah FIRST LEGO League State Championship at the University of Utah on Saturday, Jan. 31. The Jedi will advance to the FIRST LEGO League World Festival and FIRST Championship in St. Louis, Mo., in April.

The youth robotics and innovation program drew 297 teams across Utah this season. Teams consist of 9-14 year olds who build LEGO robots and develop innovation presentations. Team Jedi, of South Jordan, won the state championship after being one of 48 teams that advanced from 16 qualifying events across Utah.

“When you can see it all come together, and they are confident and polished, and they want to keep learning, it makes it all worthwhile,” says Michelle Estrada, coach of team Jedi.

Nicole Brooks, 15, is one of the Jedi team members. “I didn’t want to say we could win, but we had done a lot of work, and we learned a whole lot this season,” says the freshman at Jordan High School.

Utah’s FIRST LEGO League program is headquartered at the University of Utah’s Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, an interdisciplinary division of the David Eccles School of Business. The Lassonde Institute organizes the program to promote an interest in innovation and entrepreneurship among Utah children.

“This is an incredible program, and we are seeing amazing results as more people get involved and we inspire more kids to become scientists, engineers and inventors,” says Anne Bastien, the Utah operational partner for FIRST LEGO League and a program manager at the Lassonde Institute. “We invite anyone interested to join the program by creating a team. Team registration for the next season begins in May.”

During each of the championship and qualifying tournaments, the center stage consists of teams taking turns running their robots through a variety of challenges on a thematic playing field. But the robots are only part of the events. The teams also compete for robot design, innovation project presentation and “Core Values” awards. FLL “Core Values” include “what we learn is more important than what we win” and “gracious professionalism.”

This year’s theme of World Class challenges students to explore the future of learning. Students work on teams to redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams then teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Each team prepares an innovative solution and presents it at the competitions.

Sponsors for the current season include: the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute, Utah STEM Action Center, Boart Longyear, Utah 4H, Williams, Utah Education Network, Lund Foundation, Verizon, University of Utah Youth Education, IMFlash, Northrop Grumman, Gary and Nancy Schmitt, Val Antczak, Steve Borst.

Learn more at www.utfll.utah.edu.

Tournament awards

Champion’s Awards

  • First Place Champion’s Award – Jedi, South Jordan
  • Second Place Champion’s Award (presented by the STEM Action Center) – Electro Cuties, Alpine

Core Value Awards

  • Inspiration – Gently Gyrating Gentlefolk, Salt Lake City
  • Teamwork (presented by the Williams Foundation) – LEGO Benders
  • Gracious Professionalism – Epic, Kearns

Robot Awards

  • Mechanical Design – Titans, Tooele
  • Programming (presented by Verizon) – NXT Brain Factory, Sandy
  • Strategy and Innovation (presented by Boart Longyear) – Oatmeal, South Weber
  • Robot Performance – Jedi, South Jordan

Project Awards

  • Research (presented by the Utah Education Network) – Micromanagers, Eagle Mountain
  • Innovative Solution (presented by IM Flash) – LEGO Trio, North Salt Lake
  • Presentation – Centerville Cyborgs, Centerville

Special Judges Awards

  • Harry Botters, Riverton

Volunteer Awards

  • Outstanding Volunteer Award (presented by the Lund Foundation) – Dolores Heaton
  • Adult Coach/Mentor Award – Tom Moyer
  • Youth Mentor Award – Joey Brink



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