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FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Scrimmage at Widefield

 

Sunrise Elementary's team

By Carolyn Stephen, Communication Specialist – WSD3

Last fall, Widefield School District 3 held a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Scrimmage at Janitell Junior High. The event was a great way for elementary students to test out their innovative problem-solving and robotics skills before the official El Paso Regional Qualifier for FIRST LEGO League Tournament Nov. 10, 2018.

Students had the opportunity to rotate through three judging sessions, presenting their hard work to volunteers that included industry leaders and high school students. Judges evaluated students on their robot design, innovative solutions to a real-world problem, and core values.

In Robot Design, judges evaluated students on their engineering process involved in designing the robot. Students show off the robot's ability to complete missions designed by the FIRST Inspires design team. In Projects, students are given a real-world problem and asked to design a solution. The teams then presented their solution and research to the project judges. Lastly, in the FIRST Core Values section, teams are given a teamwork scenario to complete. Judges watch how students work together to determine if they exhibited the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. The Core Values are:

Discovery: We explore new skills and ideas.

French Elementary's team

Innovation: We use creativity and persistence to solve problems.

Impact: We apply what we learn to improve our world.

Inclusion: We respect each other and embrace our differences.

Teamwork: We are stronger when we work together.

Fun: We enjoy and celebrate what we do!

The final part of the scrimmage was the robot competition. Students programmed their robots to complete a series of missions autonomously. Each mission is worth a number of points and teams competed to get the most points within two and a half minutes. The overall event and competition was an amazing opportunity for young students to explore their scientific minds and have fun while doing it.

 

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