The Lego League Super Regionals, held at Clayton State University in January 2013, were a great success. The Super Regionals were originally planned to be held at Georgia Perimeter College, but the school had to pull out in November, leaving Clayton State the responsibility of planning the event in a little less than two months.
The Lego League theme for this year was seniors and enhancing living conditions. Participants were given tasks that they had to complete by programming their Lego robots to do them. The tasks would correlate to the senior theme and would consist of picking up a tipped over chair and other tasks a senior citizen may encounter.
The College of Information and Mathematical Sciences (CIMS) at Clayton State was able to pull the event off with a lot of help from the Clayton State Honors Program, The Loch Shop – which donated a plethora of supplies -- and Clayton State’s dining service provider, Sodexo, which donated food for 600 guests. The honors student volunteers, along with the co-event host and creator, Clayton State Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Scott Bailey, were essential to the success of the event.
“Luckily we were able to work diligently to get things done,” says CIMS Assistant Dean Jarrett Terry, “We definitely have Dr. Bailey to thank for gathering the support needed to make this event a success.”
The competitors and their families were ultimately pleased with the super regionals, and hope that it will be held at Clayton State next year. They especially appreciated the venue of the James M. Baker University Center, with its open floor, and overarching hallways where they could have an aerial view of the robot competitions happening on Main Street.
Planning for next year’s Lego League super regionals will begin in April of this year. Terry hopes that early planning will help the event obtain more sponsorship, attract more merchants, and better train and prepare volunteers. He is confident that Clayton State can make the super regionals a success again, and is proud of this year’s team.
“It’s miraculous how faculty and students came together just a few days before the competition and were committed to making it an enjoyable event for the kids and their families,” he states.