Sunday, January 17, 2010

1st Place Research Project Award!!

got robot? won the 1st place Research Project award at the Illinois State Tournament on Saturday, Jan. 16th, 2010. The got robot?'s project was chosen over 64 other top teams in attendance. Scott Evan's, game designer for FIRST LEGO Lego League and employee of FIRST, was in the room for call backs and observed the teams presentation to a panel of 13 judges. Scott (pictured in the hat) said in the 10 years he's been involved with FLL championship tournaments he's rarely sees such a quick decision for 1st place.

Pictured in the photo from left to right: Roger Dean, Marc, Matthew, Ryan, Coach Mr. McKellar, Kristen, Referee Marc Solomon, Scott Evans, Bradley, and Jake.

Friday, January 15, 2010

State Tournament - Friday Nite

Our team had its judging for State Tournament this evening. The Research Project, Teamwork, Technical, and Ambassador all in the span of 3 hours.

The team did a fantastic job and really made me proud. They know their stuff -- and it showed!

It was very loud in the gym to listen in on their technical judging but the kids said it went well. The judges seemed to like the engineering journal and asked a lot of questions.

There are a lot of really good teams here. Super Nova from Naperville is here and their coach and I had a chance to have a nice chat and swop stories.

It's been a long day. Time for some sleep!

Thursday, January 14, 2010

New sponsor for INScITE Illinois

I'm proud to say that Maddock Douglas, Inc. is now sponsoring INSciTE Illinois, the operational partner for FLL in our state.

I work for Maddock Douglas and it gives me great pride to see a leading innovation agency partnering with an organization that nurtures the sense of wonder and innovation in America's next generation of thought leaders.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Massive Earthquake in Haiti

bounced from twitter @firstlegoleague

The thoughts and prayers of everyone at FIRST and the entire FLL community are with the citizens of Haiti. This is a terrible tragedy for the world. FIRST has not yet heard from our FLL Partners and team members in Haiti, but we remain hopeful that they and their families are okay. We will all do whatever we can to support them in the days ahead.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

FLL Growth

From the development of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) concept by FIRST and the LEGO Group and the first pilot tournaments in 1998 in the U.S., FLL has grown to more than 140,000 children in 56 countries projected to participate in the Smart Move season.

Information obtained from FIRST LEGO League

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Found on YouTube

A couple of our team members found the videos below. It's always amazing to see how others go about accomplishing the various missions