Monday, December 31, 2007

Robotics Monday: First LEGO League Power Puzzle Info

Name of Model: First LEGO League
Created by: various (I'm not sure who's in charge of designing the challenges, and I'm pretty sure extra models were used for the animation)
Found at:
Details: This clever little animation is a fun way to get a feel for the various challenges in this year's FIRST LEGO LEAGUE competition. Although LEGO® Robotics kits (either the original Mindstorms kit with the RCX or the LEGO® MINDSTORMS NXT), this animation shows minifigs solving the challenge with vehicles you might find in any LEGO® town.
The theme of this year's contest is "Power Puzzle", so most of the tasks for the robot to do have a power-saving or power-generating theme. FIRST and LEGO have been teaming up for these tournaments for several years now with the goal of getting kids (of roughly junior-high age) into robotics. While most of the kids choose to navigate the challenges using dead reckoning, they do get hands-on experience with programming and learn a few things about constructing a sturdy robot chassis. In any given year, there are a few teams that rise above the pack, trying out more complex robotics ideas out and solving all of the challenges in that year's contest. You should be able to find out if there is an open tournament in your area at , but most of the local level tournaments have already passed.

Visit for a more thorough (and serious) discussion of the FLL challenge and tournament.

No comments: