The Maine FLL Championship will be happening in just under 2 weeks. It free for spectators to come in and watch. In addition to the FIRST Lego League we will have be having the Maine Digital Festival and STEM Career Showcase upstairs, representative teams and their robots from the FRC, the Great Ball Contraption on the main floor, and much more! So please feel free to come check it out!
Presque Isle: Nine teams from around Aroostook County came together for a day of fun and competition as they attended and competed at the 1st Northern Maine FIRST(r) LEGO(r) League Qualifier. Teams came from Houlton, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Frenchville, New Sweden, and Dyer Brook.
The teams were made up of 68 children and 14 coaches from 6 different schools across the county. Children were from 9 to 14 years of age, and have been working since September getting ready for this competition.
The FIRST LEGO League is an international STEM competition that has youth solving real world problems while they do research into this year’s theme as well as building and programming LEGO robots to compete on this year’s playing field. The theme for 2016 is “Animal Allies” and focuses on how to make humans and animals live together better or safer and can have topics chosen by the team.
This year’s competition was run by Maine Robotics and was hosted by the University of Maine at Presque Isle. Concessions were provided by the UMPI baseball team. Special thanks to UMPI President Ray Rice; Deborah Roark, Executive Director of University Advancement and Mary Lawrence from Conference Services. Thank you also to the Manton Foundation for support of the FIRST LEGO League program in Maine this year.
This year’s award winners were:
The Champion’s Awards are given for the best overall placement for this qualifier:
Teams marked with an * have been invited to the Maine State FIRST LEGO League Competition, being held on December 10th at the Augusta Civic Center.
For more information, contact Maine Robotics at www.mainerobotics.org or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 207-866-4340.
Turning our phone off today, call (207)866-1176 instead
We are getting swamped by political calls today so we are going to avoid answering the phone unless we recognize the number. If you need to reach us please call us on our second line (207)866-1176. This is only for today, we will back to normal practices tomorrow.
Sorry for the inconvenience.
Today is the last day to register a team with the FLL. We are closing registration with FIRST so that you can no longer register teams with FLL. We will be closing our Qualifier registration soon as well. Any team that has a 2016 number to start with can complete the registration process if they are planning on doing so, but any new teams after today will not be able to register. If you have any questions please contact us.
Maine Robotics is pleased to announce that we now have the 2016 competition schedule finalized. We will be holding 4 qualifiers and the Maine State Championship this year. All of the qualifiers will be on the same day, November 19th, and the Championship will be on December 10th.
Reserve the events on your calendar! We'll have the state registration information out soon.
Maine Robotics received some funding that is allowing us to help pay for your team FIRST LEGO League national registration (a $225 value). This would be a great way to get a day's worth of boot-camp-robo-building and learning about the FLL while also getting the national registration fee covered.
If you sign up (and pay) for one our workshops at your school or organization so you can do the FIRST LEGO League, we have the funds to pay for your national team registration. Due to the funding source, this is only good for teams that have NOT already paid for their national registration fee and it isn't good for the qualifier or state championships. We have a limited number of these to offer, so check it out/sign up now.
Please visit our Workshops Page for more information! Offer is only open until September 19th, so don't delay.
We've got 7 sessions of Minecraft Camp running this summer (ages 10-14) and here is a picture of one of the camps in Falmouth! Go Minecrafters, program away!
Over 600 campers already signed up, be part of our biggest summer ever!
Maine Robotics still has room in a few of our programs. Check out our 2016 Summer Camp page and scroll down to see if there is a camp in your area. We offer programs for children, ages 9 to 16, including LEGO robotics, VEX robotics, Build Your Own Computer Camp, Programming in Minecraft (sorry all are full) and our new 3D Design and Printing camp.
These camps are fun and educational and a great way to spend a week this summer. Call us if you have any questions! It's not too late... yet.
About Maine Robotics
Maine Robotics is a non-profit dedicated to providing Maine youth and teachers with mentored activities within the STEM fields, focusing primarily on robotics for it's multidisciplinary coverage of science and its ability to provide timely and popular tie ins with today's youth.
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