Plasma Robotics hosted the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Dec. 2–3. The competition was open for students in fourth through eighth grades and offered many opportunities for creativity. Team entries were required to research a real-world problem and develop solution, as well as design, build and program a robot using Lego Mindstorms. The robot then had to compete on a table-top playing field. The competition judged STEM concepts, imagination and ability to work with a team. Participants strengthened their problem solving, presenting, team and technology skills. The values they learned from the FLL helped them in all aspects of life, from tackling college to job interviews.
“The core value of the FLL are: We are a team, we work with the help of our mentors,” sponsor Brennan Harris said. “I think the most important value is to remember that it’s more important what we discover than what we win.”
Red Mountain has hosted the FLL in Mesa for six years. The FLL is an opportunity for young students to see the campus and decide whether Red Mountain is a fit for them.
“I enjoy the FLL. It’s really a good experience for the kids,” senior Evin Harris said. “It’s a good way to learn robotics skills, learn how to work in a team, learn a lot of good values which transition well to life in general, as well as the robotics program in high school.”
The competition is just as fun for the competing teams as it is for the Plasma Robotic members who contribute to running the event. Members of Plasma Robotics are involved with planning, judging, setting up and taking down the contest.
“You get to experience leadership positions and more responsibility,” junior Jack McCahan said. “Everyone has their own job, so you have to know what you’re doing and do it well.”
The Plasma Robotics is leading the younger generation into a world of technology where they can succeed and prosper. To learn more about participating in Plasma Robotics or FLL, visit the Plasma Robotics webpage at http://www.plasmarobotics.org/.
– Evelyn Leiva is a sophomore at Red Mountain High School.