The CSU LEGO Bowl was started in the fall of 2012 by Scott Bailey and Jarrett Terry. Its objective is to provide the students of Clayton State University the opportunity to apply the knowledge imparted by their STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) courses to design, build, and program a robot to perform tasks analogous to those found in the workplace on a larger scale. Additionally, it provides the students of Clayton State University the opportunity to assist, and engage students, in programs currently found in area K-12 schools and/or after-school programs (or develop programs which currently do not exist, but are in demand).
Dr. Tonya Clarke (Georgia Master Teacher, Coordinator of K-12 Mathematics for Clayton County Public Schools) received a Verizon Innovative Learning Grant to bring after-school robotics programs to six Clayton County middle schools: Jonesboro, Kendrick, Lovejoy, MD Roberts, North Clayton, and Rex Mill. This year's competition will serve as a nice introduction to the annual FIRST LEGO League competition held each fall, as well as bring the participants together in the spirit of "Coopertition" and "gracious professionalism," two of the fundamental core values of the FLL competition.
We would like to thank Dr. Tonya Clarke and Clayton County Public Schools (including teachers, students, and parents) for their commitment to such an incredibly important initiative.