The 2018 INTO ORBIT season for FIRST LEGO League has concluded and was one of the best seasons yet. Colorado had over three hundred teams of 4th-8th graders compete in 12 tournaments across the state. Their mission? To solve a physical or social problem faced by humans during long duration space exploration.
Students hit the ground running in early August to come up with a solution while applying science, technology, engineering, and math to solve a real-world problem. But what sets the FIRST LEGO League apart from other STEM programs is its foundation of team building.
“That’s the lesson that all of us need to learn. FIRST LEGO League encourages coaches to teach teamwork and how to work together” says Colorado FIRST LEGO League Operational Partner, Kevin Popp. In addition to teamwork, Kevin says “FIRST LEGO League teaches you to persevere and to never, ever give up”.
In mid-December, 72 teams faced off in a day long competition for the Colorado FIRST LEGO League State Championship. Volunteer judges selected team Legit Lego Lions from St. Mary’s of Littleton as the 2018 Champions. In April 2019, the Legit Lego Lions will be competing at the FIRST® World Championship in Houston, TX.
Second place champions Rising Stars, will go on to compete at the FIRST LEGO League Legoland California International Open in May of 2019. Joining them will be the third place team, Lego Wranglers from Preston Middle School.
Teams Mission Control and Gearnados were nominated for the Global Innovation Award, which is designed to showcase the real-world, innovative solutions that the FIRST LEGO League teams create as a result of their projects. The 2019 INTO ORBIT Global Innovation Award (https://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll/global-innovation) is planned for late June 2019.
For more information on Colorado FIRST LEGO League and how to sign up or volunteer, visit http://coloradofirst.org/COFIRST/programs/fll/