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
See the article in the Bangor Daily News about Karen. Karen is working several weeks this summer at our robotics camps, but she is also running a week of camp at John Bapst Memorial High School for high school girls! Way to go Karen!
Maine Robotics hosted its first "Build Your Own Computer Camp" last week in Portland. Thirteen campers built up their computers from the case, motherboard, power supplies, and all the other parts that go into it.
Check out an article about it from the Forecaster
LEGO artist Jeff Friesen created 50 LEGO dioramas showing something (in his own mental image) of the 50 states. Check it out on Jeff's Brickfantastic website.
Can you identify each state by what is in the picture?
If you click on the smaller images you'll get your answer in the lower right corner (it will open up a full size image of the state) and catch the short snippet/joke that goes along with it.
Post a comment with your favorite image/state!