On Saturday, November 18, McQuaid Jesuit will host a Finger Lakes FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying tournament. Twenty-six local elementary and middle school teams will compete for the opportunity to compete at the University of Rochester’s championship event December 10.
This year’s FLL theme is Hydro Dynamics. In preparation for Saturday, teams have been researching solutions centered on the development and use of water resources. In addition, the young scientists and engineers have focused on getting their Lego robots to complete water-themed robot missions.
“Lego robotics is about active involvement,” explains Colin Orr, McQuaid’s lead mentor and Lego camp director. “Preparing for and competing in the tournament is an exciting opportunity for young boys and girls to learn, engage, and present innovative solutions centered on real-world issues.”
The competition will take place in McQuaid’s John H. Ryan Jr. Memorial Gymnasium from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Competitors will navigate their specially designed and programmed robots to score during the event’s robotics portion. While it is a competitive competition, the event also is about displaying FIRST Core Values emphasizing teamwork, gracious professionalism and the FIRST concept of Coopetition which combines the spirit of cooperation with competition.