Well, we did it... we made it through another great season of the FIRST LEGO League here in Maine. We started the season off with 74 teams in Maine and 72 of those made it to the event on Saturday. That's a 97% success rate in my book. Thanks to all the teams for continuing to make this a great event and bringing spirit and professional behavior with you and spreading it around.
We had teams from Kittery to Frenchville; from Jay to Mount Desert Isle, so I think we pretty much had the state covered. But there is always room for more teams.
The Tesla Waffles from Kennebunk won first place Champions Award and will be invited to the US Open FLL Championship in San Diego in the spring. Second place Champions Award, also from Kennebunk, went to team Libert, Egalite, Fraternite and Robots. Congratulations to both of those teams for an awesome day.
The Buckfield Bots were the highest scoring team of 10 teams that were part of a LEGO Foundation grant and they have been invited to the FLL World Festival in St. Louis, along with receiving a travel grant to help the team get there.
For a full list of awards, see the PDF file posted on the left.
Thanks to all the 130 volunteers that made the day possible; to the FRC robot teams that came to show off their robots and to help out; to Jamee Luce and the Robotics Institute of Maine for all their help and for running the Central Maine VEX Competition; to Jay Collier from Project Login for running the Maine Digital Festival; and to all the great Augusta Civic Center staff that help make this possible.
The team schedule for this Saturday's Maine FIRST LEGO League Championship is now available here. Teams, you will get 1 schedule at check in; if you want more, please print them out. Thanks.
In just over 10 days, thousands of people will descend on the Augusta Civic Center for the state's largest dose of STEM fun!
The event is free and open to the public. The competition teams are all pre-registered but there are still things for you to come and see and try out! And great raffle items to try for!
Or come at 8:00 am and get a breakfast while listening to famed humorist Tim Sample in the Penobscot room (tickets are $15 each and include breakfast). All proceeds go to support the FIRST LEGO League.
So come check it out! Opening Ceremony is at 9:30 and everything should end around 4:00 (Tim Sample will be doing a book signing for his new book around 4:30)
Dear FIRST teams (Students, Parents, Teachers, Mentors) -
Please join us for a SPECIAL SCREENING of SLINGSHOT at the NEW HAMPSHIRE FILM FESTIVAL.
ALL FIRST teams are invited to attend the screening at a significantly discounted ticket price. Please pass this invitation on to all other FIRST teams near enough to Portsmouth to be there.
Our feature length documentary focuses on FIRST Founder, Dean Kamen, and his 15-year quest to solve the world's water crisis. An entire section of the movie is devoted to FIRST.
WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16TH, 7:30pm
Introduction by FIRST PRESIDENT DON BOSSI. Q & A with Director/Producer PAUL LAZARUS after the screening.
WHERE: THE MUSIC HALL 28 Chestnut St., Portsmouth, NH 03801
CLICK HERE TO GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKET IN ADVANCE ($5.50 - normal ticket price is $16.50): https://nhfilmfestival.com/SlingShotTicket
FOR DISCOUNTED COUPON, ENTER: FIRST
FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE MOVIE, VISIT OUR WEBSITE: WWW.SLINGSHOTDOC.COM
Iconoclast, Kamen is a modern hero. His inventions, mostly medical devices, help people in need and ease suffering. SlingShot is a film about an indomitable man who just might have enough passion, will, and innovative thinking to create a solution for the dire water crisis that affects billions.
A quirky genius with a sharp wit and a provocative worldview, Kamen is our era's Thomas Edison. He takes on the world's grand challenges one invention at at time. Best known for his Segway Human Transporter, Kamen has reconceived kidney dialysis, engineered an electric wheelchair that can climb stairs (the iBot), reworked the heart stent, built portable insulin pumps, founded FIRST robotics to inspire young students, and on and on. Holder of over 440 patents, Kamen devotes himself to dreaming up products that improve people's lives. For the last 15 years, he has relentlessly pursued an effective way to clean up the world's water supply.
FIRST has started a pilot program that could save schools that are hosting multiple teams a significant amount of money. Schools that are interested will have to apply for the program and they can apply by filling out a Survey Monkey form. The application process will be open until September 30th or until they reach 1000 teams, whichever comes first.
If you would like found out more about this pilot program please check out the document below.
To get call in/internet information to join the meeting, visit our FLL website at:
http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html and info is at the bottom of the middle column. Or you can get the directions on how to call in from the PDF directly here.
If you can not make the meeting today, don't worry we have another one Monday September 8th at 3:30 PM.
The 15th Annual FIRST LEGO League Season is now open. Registration is open for this great program. The FLL is expecting 26,000 teams from around the world, children will be learning a huge amount about both STEM and Education for this year's theme.
What is the future of learning? FIRST® LEGO® League teams will find the answers. In the 2014 FLL WORLD CLASS℠ Challenge, over 265,000 children from 80 countries will redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams will teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Get ready for a whole new class – FLL WORLD CLASS!
We are expecting around 90 teams and over 700 children here in Maine, representing 70 different schools making it our largest year yet. Teams of children, ages 9 to 14 will be learning about educational; building LEGO robots; and programming them to perform challenge missions on a playing field.
For those ready to register, you can go to the national website and follow the links for team registration: https://my.usfirst.org/fll/tims/site.lasso or visit the national website for more information about the program at: http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll
For those that want more information, Maine Robotics will be offering call-in discussions on:
http://www.mainerobotics.org/first-lego-league.html and info is at the bottom of the middle column. Or get the call in direction PDF directly here.
The season runs from now until the qualifiers in late November, or until the State Championship on December 13th. But registration ends at the end of September, so don't put it off!
Just finished our last week of summer camp for the season. We had 34 weeks of camp in 22 different locations with 30 staff and counselors and a whopping 506 campers! We had the most weeks of advanced robotics camp this year as well as seeing the Maine Discovery Museum run the Community Builders camp for 6-8 year olds at their Bangor location. We also piloted our Build Your Own Computer Camp in Portland and Bangor and it was a great success as well.
Tired and glad the season is over... now off to kick the FIRST LEGO League into action for the fall!
Tom Bickford, Director