It has been my privilege to coach my first FLL team this year. Over the last 10 weeks, we as mentors and coaches have tried to support a group of six kids, ages 5 to 12, to learn about FIRST, science and technology, and to begin developing the soft and hard skills they can use for the rest of their lives.
On Saturday December 12th 2009, the Brick Breakers team #394 competed against 16 other teams, in their first Maryland FLL Qualifier tournament at the South County Showdown, sponsored by the Power Hawks. Being a young team (with some members even younger than the suggested guidelines) and the majority of the members new to FLL, we set realistic goals for our team. We wanted to complete at least two of the robot missions, focus on a reasonable topic as part of the Smart Move theme, and work together as a team.
I am happy to announce that the Brick Breakers were recognized by the judges with the Rookie All-Star Award. This award “Celebrates the rookie team exemplifying a young but strong partnership effort, as well as implementing the mission of FIRST to inspire students to learn more about science and technology.”
I am proud of the team’s efforts this season. They were able to show their potential to the judges, score the fourth highest in the robotic competition, and act as a team throughout a very long day. Congratulations to the Brick Breakers, and all the teams at the competition.
Please visit www.tolen.org for more pictures and details about the team.