Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)
The ninth First Lego League (FLL) Fun Day was hosted on Saturday, May 11, at Osbourn Park High School. This is the largest FLL event in the country, with 119 teams, made up of 1,198 elementary level robotics students and their coaches.
The teams competed in two classroom challenges. One competition is “Robot Design,” where they share with the judges what makes their robot the best one there. The second classroom challenge is “Core Values,” where the teams complete a teamwork activity and the judges observe how they work together.
The teams also participated on the field in a program called “Into Orbit.” It is a two-and-a-half-minute autonomous program where the teams try to complete as many missions on the field as possible. The robots are not controlled by remote-control, but instead their movements are programmed on a computer by the students.
This year, the Metal Jackets team 2068 used the event to raise money for Kendrick Castillo’s memorial fund. Castillo died in a school shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch on May 6, 2019, protecting his classmates. He was a member of the FIRST robotics competition (FRC) team, 4418 Impulse, based out of Highlands Ranch, CO. With the generous donations from the FLL families in attendance and money from the concessions, a donation of $2,150 will be sent to FRC team 4418 and Kendrick’s Memorial fund.
Interested in attending an FLL competition? The next events will be November 9, at Osbourn Park High School or November 16, at Woodbridge High School.