The competition even baffles me because I cannot program a Lego Mindstorm NXT but these 4th graders can! To be surrounded by bright young minds is a humbling experience indeed.
Here are some of the photos from the event:
|They program the robots to go though missions on this mat.|
See this girl use two laptops to fine tune her robot.
The teams complete a research project related to the topic of the year.
This is followed up by a presentation, and a timed question and answer
period. Teams can use props in their presentation like this muscle suit.
|One team even made a website!|
Each team has a timed interview with a team of judges to discuss the
design and operation of their robot. Judges look for teams whose
work stands oud because of innovation and navigational consistency.
|This is what they build and program. Lego Mindstorm NXT.|
|Robotics? Not just for boys.|
|Their banners say it all.|
|Pep talk to soothe frustrations. Kid in the middle was awesome.|
|Too short to reach over the table? Resourcefulness at its best.|
|It's not child's play. Really.|
|Stress levels run high for these kids.|
I know it is disheartening to know that some of the teams did not make it to the citywide competition, however all of them walk out of the competition as winners.
More competition photos here:
FIRST Lego League Brooklyn Qualifier 2012
FIRST Lego League Brooklyn Qualifier 2012 - Participant Portraits
FIRST Lego League Brooklyn Qualifier 2012 - Volunteer Portraits
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