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FIRST LEGO League Teams

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 ArtiFISHal Intelligence (AI) qualifies for the International Robotics Competition (1/13/2018)

ArtiFISHal Intelligence (AI), the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of North Allegheny middle school students Bryan Chen, Raj Ginde, Shomik Telang, Abhi Yarlagadda  and Coleman Walsh; Pine Richland middle school students Luke Kastner, Ryan Scott, and Matt Farmar; and Seneca Valley middle school student Lucas Boyle won one of the Champion's Awards at the January 13th Western PA regional championship. The team is now headed to the FIRST LEGO League Razorback Invitational in Arkansas on May 17-20, where it will compete with teams from all over the world. The team worked 5 hours per week for 7 months under the guidance of adult mentors Maria Yamanaka and Marcel Bergerman from MySTEM Academy.

 

Eighty 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 18 missions in 2.5 minutes completely autonomously (i.e., without remote control).

 

This year’s theme, Hydrodynamics, challenged teams to propose innovative solutions to how we find, transport, use, and dispose of water. AI proposed a low-cost innovative shower head to reduce stagnant water in shower heads in hospitals and therefore eliminate the growth of dangerous bacteria that can infect sick patients. The A.W.E.S.O.M.E., or AI Water Elimination System Of Major Excellence, can result in savings of 5.8 million gallons of water every year in the 4 hospitals AI visited in the Pittsburgh area in 2017. One of the hospitals in Pittsburgh intends to test the A.W.E.S.O.M.E. shower head when the prototype is manufactured.

 

The AI team also fundraised $1,300 to help Aliquippa Elementary School rookie team Quip-Bots participate in the FLL season. AI team members dedicated over 100 hours mentoring the Quip-Bots, both in person and via teleconference. With the support of team AI, Quip-Bots won 1st place award in Research Presentation and placed 9th in the robot game.

 

This is what the judges said about the AI robot: … robust and solid, with gears sliding quickly into place for large, one-piece attachments. Good use of gyro sensor program to move straight to compensate for uneven weight distribution. Phenomenal documentation of season and all decisions made, including dates and details of weekly improvement in a line graph. Discussed design cycle improvements made during the season. Extremely well done!”

 

 

 

 

Our rookie FLL team, the Beast Bots, won the 1st place award in Robot Design Strategy and Innovation with a very sophisticated robot that completed 13 missions in 2.5 minutes, which earned them the 2nd place in the robot game with a solid score of 280 points. The team’s project, the HydroWatch, is a system designed to encourage people to save water at home. The system includes a device to measure water usage in sinks and showers and communicates the information to an app in a smartwatch or smartphone via Bluetooth. During the season, they taught robotics to the children at Ronald McDonald House to inspire them to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

 

 

 

2018 FLL and FLL Jr. Teams

Eighty 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 18 missions in 2.5 minutes completely autonomously (i.e., without remote control).

BEAST BOTS

MySTEM Academy FIRST LEGO League team, the Beast Bots, composed of North Allegheny students Max Adams, William Gao, Leon Jiao, Tejas Mitra, Raymond Song, and Collin Wang; and Jakob Sirlin (Pittsburgh Colfax), Kabir Chaundry (Falk School), and Miles Miller (Haine Middle School).

ArtiFISHal Intelligence

ArtiFISHal Intelligence (AI), the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) team of North Allegheny middle school students Bryan Chen, Raj Ginde, Shomik Telang, Abhi Yarlagadda  and Coleman Walsh; Pine Richland middle school students Luke Kastner, Ryan Scott, and Matt Farmar; and Seneca Valley middle school student Lucas Boyle.

Raptor-Bots

Our FIRST LEGO League Jr. Team, the Raptor-Bots composed of students Ronit Ginde, Sammer Gosalia, Alex Lopez, Sritej Padmanabhan, Shivum Telang, and Talon Xing are heading to the Legoland in California on March 9-11 for the FIRST International FIRST LEGO League Exposition.

 

 

 

  YEAR FLL Theme MySTEM Academy Awards
  2017 Hydrodynamics Champion's Award and invitation to Razorback
  2017 Hydrodynamics First Place Award in Strategy and Innovation
  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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