FARMINGTON – The Blue Crew Robotics Team 6153 will host the Maine FIRST LEGO League competition on Saturday, December 3rd at Spruce Mountain High School in Gay.
The team made up of members and mentors from the Foster Career and Technical Education Center in Farmington and SMHS will not be holding the New England Pine Tree District event in March 2023.
“Unfortunately, Pine Tree has been canceled due to lack of participation,” SMHS team member Lily Bailey wrote in an email on November 4th. for other teams.
The Pine Tree event was set to be Maine’s only FRC competition during this competition season starting in January. Bailey noted that Maine teams will now have to compete in regional events in order to advance to the next level of competition.
“However, we are very proud to host the FIRST Lego League State competition,” she wrote. “The Blue Crew was chosen to host this event because SMART (Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team) has hosted playoffs in the past. Several SMART guides have moved to Blue Crew along with the plan to host this event.
Before the coronavirus pandemic, SMART hosted the Maine FLL qualification Western Maine at Spruce Mountain Middle School in Gay A few weeks before the state competition. They’ve done so since 2015, the first time they’ve needed to qualify. There were many teams participating in FLL and there was no room for everyone to compete in the state competition.
There are a number of FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] Bot software teams from all over the world participate in. FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. Teams choose a real-world problem and solve it. They build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a range of tasks during robot games. Teams also participate in an innovation project competition that includes a five-minute presentation on an issue related to that year’s theme.
The reason why we hosted the country [FLL] The competition is that turnout is expected to be somewhat lower compared to years past, Bailey wrote. “We expect to have about 32 teams, which makes Spruce Mountain High School a good place to be. There are 32 Lego teams across Maine competing in this year’s Challenge. This event will be powered entirely by Blue Crew. We will run the entire event as well as concessions. and arbitration and [refereeing] Android Quiz. This requires a lot of help from volunteers, families and members of the Blue Crew team.”
“It’s going to take a lot of work to get an event like this out, so we encourage people to participate in any capacity,” Bailey noted.
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