First Lego League

The robot invasion has hit Atlanta! Fortunately for us, the invaders are small and made of Legos.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a nonprofit organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to promote interest in science and engineering among young people. FIRST has sponsored robotic competitions for high-school students since 1992, but a technological innovation in the toy market several years later allowed it to challenge and engage even younger engineers.

Lego, the company behind countless childhood building adventures, introduced its Mindstorm product line in 1998. A mini-computer was integrated into Lego’s interlocking brick system, allowing builders to program their creations to perform tasks. Later releases of the product, the most recent in 2006, have updated the design and technology of Mindstorm.

Shortly after Mindstorm was introduced, FIRST partnered with Lego to create the FIRST Lego League. In FLL, elementary and middle-school students design and build autonomous robots which they program to perform a set number of tasks on a timed course. In addition to being judged on robot design and performance, they present a research project on a given them, for instance, nanotechnology.

Here in Atlanta, the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech sponsors a yearly FLL State Tournament. The overall winner goes on to compete at the FLL World Festival at the Georgia Dome.

Watch the video here »

Lastest News from WABE 90.1 FM

Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized Terminally Ill, But Constantly Hospitalized
The place: Beth Israel Hospital in Manhattan.The diagnosis: fast-growing, small-cell lung cancer.The patient: Paula Faber, unrepentant, life-long smoker.The choice: tr...
Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes Drivers, Passengers Say Uber App Doesn't Always Yield Best Routes
There are many things Uber customers love about the service; confusion surrounding the navigation process is not one ...
What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately What Fans, Parents Are Saying About The NFL Lately
Copyright 2014 NPR. To see more, visit ARUN RATH, HOST: We are three weeks into the NF...