Carlsbad, California—The FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) for grades 4-8 challenges students to think like scientists and engineers through robot design and problem-solving projects.
This year’s challenge: “INTO ORBITSM” asks teams to identify a physical or social problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration. Once a problem is selected, teams design an innovative solution to the problem. Teams are required to share their ideas with community members to get feedback and prepare a five-minute presentation that they will give before a panel of judges at the Robotics Showcase.
Additionally, teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® for The Robot Game. In this game, Robotics Showcase spectators will watch as the teams earn points based on their robots’ success at solving a variety of missions (spacewalk emergency, crater crossing, meteoroid deflection, etc.).
Throughout this experience, teams must demonstrate the FIRST® philosophies of Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® based on the FIRST® Core Values of Discovery Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork, & Fun.
This is the Carlsbad Educational Foundation’s 7th Annual Robotic Showcase and is held exclusively for the FLL teams of Carlsbad Unified School District. It is anticipated that nearly forty teams will participate, and the FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC) teams from Sage Creek and Carlsbad High will support the event as volunteers. This event is open to all and will be held at the Sage Creek High School Gymnasium, 3900 Cannon Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009, March 16, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Awards will be announced at 3:00 p.m. Rockwell Collins, Nordson, Leidos, ViaSat, and iMaps sponsor the CEF Robotics Program.
The Carlsbad Educational Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports music, science and innovation in the Carlsbad Unified School District. The Foundation also runs the Kids Care before and after school program, as well as various other enrichment and summer programs to support students and their families. Visit www.CarlsbadEd.org for more information.