I was looking through Google News this evening, and stumbled upon an article entitled “All Saints Academy Team Wins Lego Robotics [Rhode Island] Championship.” Here is a brief excerpt:
Fifty-four teams of students ages 9 to 14, from across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts, spent the morning presenting robots and research projects to judges and the afternoon on playing fields in points-based robot competitions. The team that excelled in the three judging categories – core values, robot and project – won the Champion’s Award and the tournament.
Each team focused on this year’s “Food Factor” challenge, exploring how food gets to plates safely and ready to eat, and where along the supply chain food might be contaminated. The 54 teams also met throughout the season to design, build and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS® NXT robot. Along the way, they identified and conducted research on a chosen food safety issue and developed an innovative solution to prevent or address the problem.
“FIRST LEGO League introduces students to scientists and industry professionals and broadens the students’ concept of what science is,” said FIRST LEGO League Rhode Island Coordinator Mary Johnson. “The competition also encourages students to sharpen their math and science skills while discovering how innovation helps solve problems facing our communities. With Roger Williams University’s continued support and presentation of scholarships, the program is a real investment in our state’s future.”
FIRST LEGO League is an international competition for elementary and middle school children featuring an annual real-world challenge that engages them in authentic scientific research andhands-on robotics design using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies andplay materials. Roger Williams University has hosted the annual Rhode Island FLL Championship Tournament on its campus since 2006. The Rhode Island FIRST LEGO League program is supportedlocally by dozens of corporations and community organizations.
You can read it for yourself here. Congrats to the Mindstorms Mayhem from All Saints Academy for winning the Champion’s Award, and to all others involved!