Friday, February 13, 2015

Lego League Robotics Team

As part of the Island Trees School District's commitment to advancing STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), the Memorial Middle School formed its first ever Lego League Robotics team.  This new endeavor was coordinated by Mr. Daniel Cava, one of our extremely talented technology teachers.  Prior to the regional competition, Mr. Cava spent countless hours working the members of the team to brainstorm Lego robotics and practice building these creations.

On Saturday, January 31, 2015, the ITMMS Lego League Robotics team competed in the FLL qualifying tournament at Mineola High School.  The middle school team of 14 eighth graders was challenged to construct a robot out of Legos and programmed the robot using the Lego Mindstorm software.  The "Jr. Robo Dawgs" worked collaboratively to engineer the robot to complete a number of tasks autonomously without a remote control.  For our first time competing in a Lego League tournament, the Memorial Middle School team had an impressive showing and our program grew tremendously.

Thank you to Mr. Cava for his impressive work in preparing the team for the competition and to the students who did an amazing job participating in the practices and competition.  We can't wait to compete in next year's tournament!
-Dr. Roger Bloom