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FLL is an international program created by inventor Dean Kamen to promote science, technology, engineering, and math among children ages 9-14. FLL events consist of ​3 components:

  • A ​robot game, where team members build and program LEGO robots to ​solve various missions;
  • A ​project, where they research a problem of their choice related to the year​'s​ theme​;
  • Core Values, where they learn to work as a team and to compete in a spirit of friendly "coopertition."​

​FLL is meant as an opportunity for children to learn science and technology, teamwork, project management, decision-making, and other important tools they'll need to succeed in the professional world. MySTEM Academy focuses on mentoring the children to succeed, not on winning a​n award. Winning is a consequence of how much effort the children invest in solving the ​robot game, conducting and presenting the ​project, and practicing core values.

Our FLL team, the Animatronics goes to World Festival

What a wonderful experience attending the World Festival to celebrate STEM with over 30,000 people. Our FLL team, the Animatronics did a fantastic job sharing their creative and innovative solutions with 108 teams around the world. This is truly a place for engaged and talented minds where creativity, science and technology meet to create innovation and the future. Thanks FIRST for this amazing experience, and Congratulations to Animatronics for spreading Gracious Professionalism while finishing 14th among 108 teams in the robot game. It was an incredible FLL season!

 

 

 

 

2017 FIRST LEGO League Teams

Eighty-four teams from the region participated in the 2-day event, where teams are judged on their robot design, research project, and adherence to FLL's core values; and compete in 4 rounds of a robot game where their robot must solve 15 missions in 2.5 minutes completely autonomously (i.e., without remote control). This year’s theme, Animal Allies, asked teams to propose innovative solutions to interactions between humans and animals. 

ROBOT NATION

Robot Nation, the team of Dominic Bellisario, Ben Quint, Anshul Shah, Alex Paczula (Ingomar Middle) and Sofia Mancing, Gracie Reynolds, Anthony Arshoun, and Malina Kress (Alpha School) got first place in the Project Innovative Solution category. Their innovation is a sea turtle nest monitoring system that protects sea turtle eggs from poachers, cools down the sand so the right ratio of males and females are born, and informs scientists when eggs are hatching so they can assist hatchlings in their journey to the ocean and away from the artificial lights of nearby houses.

ANIMATRONICS

Animatronics, the FIRST LEGO League team of Felipe Bergerman and Owen Prem (Ingomar Middle), Ethen Oh (Hampton Middle), Nate Sirlin (Colfax K-8), and Kush Bandi (Winchester Thurston) won the Champion's Award at the January 7th Western PA regional championship. The team worked 6 hours per week for 7 months under the guidance of youth mentors Arvind and Sanjay Seshan from the FLL team "Not The Droids You're Looking For," and adult mentors Maria Yamanaka and Marcel Bergerman from MySTEM Academy.

BOT BOYS

Bot Boys, the team of Jack Walsh (North Allegheny Intermediate HS), Coleman Walsh (Ingomar Middle), Bryan Chen (Marshall Middle), Lucas Boyle (Rowan Elementary), Luke Kastner, Brandon Wees, Ryan Scott, and Matthew Farmar (Eden Hall Upper Elementary) got first place in the Project Presentation category. Their innovation, the BeeWatch, is a fully functional system to monitor a beehive’s health and inform beekeepers whether a colony collapse is imminent. 

 

 

 

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  YEAR FLL Theme MySTEM Academy Awards
  2016 Animal Allies Champion's Award and invitation to the World Festival 
  2016 Animal Allies First Place Award in Project Presentation
  2016 Animal Allies First Place Award in Project Innovative Solution
  2015 Trash Trek First Place Award in Programming
  2015 Trash Trek First Place Award in Project Presentation
  2015 Trash Trek Second Place Award in Team Inspiration
  2014 World Class First Place Award in Innovative Project Research
  2014 World Class First Place Award in Core Value
  2014 World Class Second Place Award in Programming
  2013 Nature's Fury  First Place Award in Programming
  2013 Nature's Fury Second Place Award in Engineering Design     
  2012 Senior Solutions First Place Award in Project Research
  2012 Senior Solutions Second Place Award in Project Research
  2012 Senior Solutions Third Place Award in Project Research
     2011    Food Factor First Place Award in Programming
  2011 Food Factor First Place Award in Project Research
  2010 Body Forward Second Place Award in Project Research
  2009 Smart Move First Place Award in Project Research
  2008 Climate Connections Directors Award
  2008 Climate Connections  Second Place Award in Programming
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