Elementary School Robotics Teams Compete in Michigan
One of the first regional FIRST robotics competitions leading
to the national championships in April will take place November 20 at Grandville
High School in Grandville, MI. More than 3,500 students, parents,
spectators will gather to watch nearly 70 robotics teams compete to move
the statewide level.
Part of the nationwide
FIRST project, whose mission is to
inspire young people to be leaders in science and technology, the day
consist of two events, the "World Class" FIRST Lego League competition
"Think Tank" Junior Lego League competition.
With the Lego League competition, 50 teams made up
through eighth-graders from around the Grand Rapids, MI, area who have
developed their own robots will compete in challenges designed to test
skills and teamwork. At the same time, the teams will make research
presentations sharing the work they have done on issues related to
weather. The teams will be judged by technical experts.
The junior competition is for 27 teams of
students in grades K-3 guided by adult coaches. Their competition is a
Tank" showcase in which the teams have explored research, teamwork and
construction. The teams have used LEGO bricks to construct models and
posters to demonstrate the work they have done.
Awards will be announced at the end of
the day and the winners
will move on to the state championships in December. At that point,
representatives will be selected to go to the World FIRST championships
scheduled April 22-25 in St. Louis, which will attract close to 850
25 to 30 students each and a total crowd of about 40,000.
Public School District has been one of the
leaders in educational robotics program ever since the high school
first team in 1998. Today 44 teams involving more than 700 students
in the program based at the district's Robotics & Engineering
Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.