A team of students from Puckett’s Mill Elementary School finished among the top teams in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Championship Tournament. The Sparrow Bots from Puckett’s Mill earned the Champions Award after coming in third overall. In addition, the Head Elementary Star Wards V3 team won the Presentation Award for their project/core values solutions. FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc..., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology, then compete on a table-top playing field.
Teams of students from 10 Gwinnett County public schools earned a berth in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) State Championship Tournament including student teams from Head Elementary, Norton Elementary, Peachtree Elementary, Puckett’s Mill Elementary, Rosebud Elementary, Simpson Elementary, Starling Elementary, and White Oak Elementary. Nearly 40 Gwinnett County elementary and middle schools have competed in FIRST LEGO League Competitions since the fall.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. The not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. FIRST participation is proven to encourage students to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields, inspire them to become leaders and innovators, and enhance their 21st century work-life skills.
FLL Robotics participation in Georgia is so great that the state actually holds two state competitions. Traditionally, each year one of those state competitions is allowed to send a representative or bid to one of the World Competitions (there are two World Competitions, one in St. Louis and a new venue in Houston to make space for all the countries and states to have representation).