|RedBird Robotics Team Competed In State Tournament|
| The Collinsville
Indian Education Department sponsored First Lego League robotics team
RedBird Robotics. This is the 3rd year for the team to compete.
The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs. Students learn engineering and technology skills, as well as innovation and develop self confidence, communication and leadership skills.
The team attended the State Qualifier in Tulsa at Memorial High School in November and qualified for competition in December at Edmonds Sante Fe High School on December 17th.
The team competes in three key areas. The team must come up with and research a scientific problem. This year the theme was Food Factor. The team was given the mission of finding a way (or ways) to keep people safe from food related illness. To keep our food safe when it is grown, picked, shipped, handled, cooked, etc. The team went to the Tulsa County Health Department and received their food handlers permits. During the class the instructor mentioned that the results of restaurant inspections in Tulsa County are posted online. After much research the team chose this as their topic. They scripted a skit and wrote a jingle to present to the judges. They won first place at the Tulsa qualifier for their presentation of the idea.
The team must also show how well they work together as a team. The children go into a classroom with judges and are given an objective. The team must complete the task together showing cooperation, respect and team work.
Of course, the task they look forward to the most is the course the robot must run. They build and program a robot made from the Lego NXT kit. The robot must run through a course designed by First Lego League to receive points per mission. The children build and design their robot; program it with a computer; and pick the missions they would like the robot to perform.
At the Tulsa qualifier there were 30 teams competing for 15 spots to the State Competition. At the State level in Edmond there were 60 teams competing for 1 spot to go to St. Louis, Missouri to compete at the world level. It is very tough competition but in a fun, party like atmosphere. These kids work hard from September until the final competition.
This year on the RedBird robotics team included 6th graders; Loren Falling and Matthew Downing; 7th graders; James Stellfox, William Reynolds and Ross Rigdon. The coach is Julie Reynolds with helper Lenora McMullen.
|Attached is a
copy of a picture of the Lego Robotics Team and a story about this season.
-- Thanks, Julie Reynolds -- (12/20/2011)
Collinsville Indian Education Tutor (918) 371 5449
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