ARJ PULVERIZING PANTHERS


The ARJ FIRST Lego League Robotics Team is now forming and will have 5­-8 members. Application Deadline is September 23rd. We will have a total of two teams this year and alternate members may also be named to practice with the team.

This application will be part of the selection process. The selection committee will consist of one high school teacher and two student mentors. Those students selected to be on the robotics team will be posted outside room 515 on Wednesday, October 2nd.

Note: Late and incomplete applications will not be considered.

Our team will meet regularly during the peak competition season – October through January. Additional meetings will be scheduled as needed near competition time- attendance at these meetings will be expected.

What is First Lego League?

FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. In FLL, teams learn both through what we do (the Robot Game and the Project) and how we do it (the FLL Core Values). Through the Robot Game teams build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to score points in matches on a themed playing field. Through the Project, teams explore an actual problem that today’s scientists and engineers are trying to solve, develop an innovative solution to that problem, either by creating something that doesn’t exist or building upon something that does, and share their findings with others. Throughout their work on the Robot Game and the Project, teams are guided by the FLL Core Values to build teamwork skills and make this a great experience for everyone involved.

The FLL Core Values are the cornerstones of the FLL Program. They are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of it kinds. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.

v We are a team.

v We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.

v We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.

v We honor the spirit of friendly competition.

v What we discover is more important than what we win.

v We share our experiences with others.

v We display Gracious Professionalism and Cooperation in everything we do.

v We have FUN!

NO SKILLS REQUIRED

Students do NOT need to be familiar with the Lego Mindstorms kit. We will provide training. We need builders, programmers, and researchers, lots of spirit and creative cooperative minds that can WORK AS A TEAM!!!! Students will share the responsibility of designing and programming a robot to handle many different missions in 2 ½ minutes. The team will also document everything and research the topic of THIS YEARS CHALLENGE for presentation. Because of the limited time we have to prepare, it is extremely important that all team members be present at meetings and participate in a successful robot and research project.