For the past eight years, Little Flower School has had a Robotics Team, which has participated in the First Lego League (FLL) Competition. We are a Navy sponsored Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) program.
We are tomorrow’s innovators. As part of the FLL project, we practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. We are guided by our coaches, we research a real-world problem, and we are challenged to develop a solution. This year’s challenge is called Animal Allies. For our innovative solution, we are trying to help save Chesapeake Bay turtles from becoming extinct due to pollution, oil spills, toxic waste, farm field run-off, soil erosion, boating, poaching, plastic bags, and artificial lighting. We also must design, build, and program a robot made from LEGO parts using the LEGO MINDSTORMS technology. We will compete against other teams on a table-top playing field and must complete different missions through obstacles.
Ultimately, the goal is to have fun and cooperate with others while we learn to apply STEM concepts and a lot of imagination. Throughout this experience, we develop skills in programming a robot, giving presentations, and presenting our solutions to competition judges.
Part of the competition includes practicing the Program’s signature Core Values, we are a team that works together to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors. We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers, so we learn together. We honor the spirit of friendly competition, and what we discover is more important than what we win. We display Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation in everything we do, and we have FUN.
Please click on the link below to our presentation for this year’s competition.