See the news from the Department of Education and 3 Maine robot teams that got to the State House today!http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=Portal+News&id=389353&v=Article-2008
Picture from the DOE Flickr site.
Did you know that we're up to 31 weeks of summer camp? Hard to believe we started 10 years ago with 16 campers run by Tom Bickford and his graduate student Ke at the University of Maine.
We've already got 315 campers signed up and it looks like we'll be full in most of the camps by the end of June. We're even running a week of camp in Canada this summer. The Boys and Girls Club in St. Stephens invited us up to run a program there at the end of the summer! Okay it's closer than driving to Portland, but it's still international.
And we'll have over 50 robots running this summer! And do you know what 4,000 small chip bags look like? It's a big pile. And parents, I know you'd like us to serve more nutritious snacks, but if it isn't prepackaged then a lot of new and fun regulations kick in that we don't have the
It's easy to think "oh, the FLL is in the fall", but registration started several weeks ago. As the FLL continues to expand, consider getting your national registration in earlier this year. Already there are three teams from Maine that have registered.
Benefits of early registration:
http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll to find out more about the FIRST LEGO League and to register a team.
We're expecting an even bigger FLL season here in Maine as more and more schools get involved. The 2012 season's theme is Senior Solutions and looks at issues faced by our older citizens. Form a team and get registered now!
We had three great track meets this spring.
April 28th in Kennebunk,
May 5th in Ellsworth and
May 12th in Oakland
All told, we had 46 teams from around the state and over 315 students participating.
Here are the three PDF files for the different results
A great big thanks to all three schools for hosting us; to the booster clubs for providing food; for the volunteers who stepped up and worked the stop watches and clip boards; and of course to all the coaches and teachers who made it possible.