On November 16, 2013, F.I.R.S.T.® LEGO® League (FLL) Team 716 “The Jedi Guys” of Troy competed at the FLL Regional Qualifier at Lake of the Ozarks. The team is comprised of three members: Kent Allsberry, Grant Allsberry and Gavin Stewart. The team earned the highest awards a team can receive, the Champion’s Award and the Robot Performance Award. The FLL Champion’s Award recognizes a team that embodies the FLL experience, by fully embracing FLL Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both, the Robot Game and Project. The Robot Performance Award recognizes a team that scores the most points during the Robot Game.
The Jedi Guys also earned a Golden Ticket that allows them the opportunity to compete at the Missouri State FLL Championship Tournament on December 8, 2013 at St. Louis Community College, Florissant Valley in St. Louis. This event is free and open to the public. The team is sponsored by River City Robots, Coose Title Company, Allsberry Law Firm, and Action Flash Photography.
This year’s FLL topic was Nature’s Fury®. The team created an innovative solution while researching the Beaver Creek Wildfire in Idaho for their research presentation. The team has worked since August to design, build, and program an autonomous robot using the LEGO EV3 MINDSTORM® to perform specific missions during the robot game. The competition was judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork, with a consideration of the FLL Core Values.
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded F.I.R.S.T.®(For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., F.I.R.S.T.® designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. Gracious Professionalism™ is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about F.I.R.S.T., go to www.usfirst.org. To learn more about the “Nature’s Fury™” Challenge, go to www.FIRSTLEGOLeague.org.