Monday, November 3, 2008

Robots Invade Science Museum

Saturday from noon to 3 PM the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Robotics teams comprised of 3rd through 8th grade students and representatives from educational and development organizations demonstrated their robots. They made themselves available to discuss their experiences and lessons learned.

F.I.R.S.T. stands for: “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. It builds self-confidence and teaches life skills. Alongside adult mentors, FLL teams solve problems using engineering concepts, presentation techniques and robots.

The FLL competitions were described as similar to Boy Scouts’ Pinewood Derby Races but with robots instead of cars carved out of wood. Teams design, build and program autonomous robots, compete in tournaments with peers in sports-like events. The base robot kits start at $260 and according to one Mom add-ons can boost that price quickly.

Colton Pfeifer exhibiting the skills of a polished politician said in a statement that, “Lego League is cool – I want to be a mechanical engineer when I grow up and make the best Lego Robot I can.” Both Colton and Jeffrey Hawley, 11, were busy with their programmed robots on the grid.

Upcoming tournaments are scheduled for November 15th at Timberlake Christian School in Lynchburg and November 16th at Blacksburg High School in Blacksburg. It is open to the public. For more information go to

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Local Events



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