Friday, 07 June 2013 00:00
RoboTron team members Justin Chan, Jack Chen, Hana Horiuchi, Sohil Mehta, Rachel Park, and Kevin Swamy won New York City’s First LEGO League (FLL) Champion’s Award at Javits Center.
Six RoboTron team members, four boys and two girls, started working on this year’s theme, Seniors Solution, since October at RoboMindTech in Fresh Meadows. They met on a weekly basis to work on the research project and build their robot from scratch to accomplish the robotic missions set by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology). The team researched the challenges senior citizens face and came up with innovative solutions to help improve seniors’ quality of life.
To earn the championship title, a team would need to achieve the highest ranking in these categories: Robot Game, Technical Design, Teamwork & Research. RoboTron outperformed 80 qualified teams from NYC.
While FIRST Lego League competition is held in 57 countries with over 10,000 participating teams, the competition is still relatively new to many NY communities.
FIRST, also known as “The Superbowl of Smarts,” was initially created by venture capitalist and inventor Dean Kamen, who wanted to inspire children to explore and enjoy science and technology, and hopefully, to remove the “nerdy” stigma surrounding such fields. In addition to creating a platform to inspire kids to become scientists and engineers, FLL gives kids an opportunity to apply to real-world engineering challenges using LEGO robots.