[olug] First Lego League volunteers needed

Adam Haeder adam at adamhaeder.com
Tue Nov 1 16:22:10 UTC 2011

The First Lego League is a national program to get kids aged 9-14
interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) through
interaction with the LEGO Mindstorms robotics platform. The program was
started 10 years ago by Dean Kamen (the inventor of the Segway) in
partnership with LEGO. The program culminates with a yearly robotics
competition, that has teams of up to 10 kids designing LEGO Mindstorms
robots to autonomously interact with a LEGO-based 'environment', competing
against other teams for the highest score in a points-based mission

The Nebraska competition was started 5 years ago by the Boys and Girls
Club, and has grown steadily. The 2011 competition this last February at
the SAC Museum saw 50+ teams from NE, IA, MO and KS compete against the
clock (and each other) for the chance to go on to the national competition.

I have been involved with the project from the beginning, sometimes as a
judge, and sometimes as a referee. In the last few years, many of my
colleagues at the AIM Institute have volunteered as well as referees.

Because of the increase in the number of teams interested in competing, the
need for volunteers continues to grow. Two important factors have increased
the need for more volunteers this year:
- Because of the large number of teams, there are now 3 qualifying
tournaments leading up to the 'final' tournament in February: Omaha (Dec
3), Lincoln (Dec 10) and Kearney (Jan 7). So they need volunteers
(referees, judges, support staff) for all 4 tournaments. The final
tournament is Feb 18, 2012.
- I will not be able to act as head referee this year, because my wife and
I are coaching a team (the Bellevue-Offutt Homeschool Group First Lego

If this is something that interests you, your support would be greatly
appreciated. Each tournament consists of a full Saturday. If you're a
referee, you'll just need to understand the scoring of the different
missions and score each round accordingly. If you're a judge, you'll be
listening to presentations given by the teams and scoring them against a
standard rubric. If you're support staff, you'll probably be doing a lot of
directing of human traffic.

For more information and to sign up to volunteer, visit
http://4hset.unl.edu/4hdrupal/node/638. If you have questions, please
contact me and I'll do my best to point you in the right direction. Thanks!


Adam Haeder
adam at adamhaeder.com

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