As many of you may know, we have hosted the FIRST LEGO League Super Regional competition for the state of Georgia the last two years. Amazing volunteers from the faculty and staff of Clayton State University played a pivotal role in the success of each event.
The Super Regional is returning to Clayton State University on Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015 and we are once again looking for volunteers for the positions of judges, referees, or general volunteers.
The goal of the FIRST LEGO League Competition is to get students (ages nine-14) excited about the STEM disciplines. Students must design, construct, and program a robot made of LEGOs to compete in a Robot Game centered on a certain theme:
· 2012 Senior Solutions – the robot must retrieve medicine, turn off a stove, turn on the TV, fix broken objects, etc. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0eHspKqRU4)
· 2013 Nature’s Fury – the robot must rescue families and pets, remove rubble, raise construction signs, etc. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXv-zjVXtXI)
The Robot Game is only 25 percent of the competition score, however. Teams must prepare presentations in Robot Design (where judges will determine how the teams designed and programmed the robot to overcome obstacles and complete tasks), Core Values (where judges will determine how the team has demonstrated values such as gracious professionalism and “coopertition”), and a Project. In the Project, the teams must identify and research an issue/problem based on the current year’s theme and come up with an innovative solution. They then present their research and solution to a panel of Project Judges.
This year’s theme is “World Class: Learning Unleashed” where, in the Project, teams must identify a concept or skill, and come up with an innovative method to teach this to others. In effect, kids will be telling us how kids learn best.
If you have never been a judge or referee before, please do not let that stop you from volunteering. Dr. Scott Bailey will provide training videos, and we will have at least one training session before the big day. There will also be a Mock FLL Competition on Saturday, Nov. 15 in which middle schools which will simulate the competition for middle schools competing in the Regionals, as well as provide a real-time training for judges and referees.
For more information, please visit Bailey's Super Regional site: http://faculty.clayton.edu/sbailey21/GAFLL, and please do not hesitate to contact him.
If you are interested in volunteering, please send Bailey;
· Your preferred email address for receiving important emails about the event.
· Your mailing address to receive a letter of participation
· Volunteer type (judge, referee, or general volunteer)
If you would like to be a judge or referee, then please send me this information before Oct. 31 so we can begin to schedule training sessions.