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NSBE Mids Volunteer at Maryland FIRST LEGO League Championship

Posted on: March 01, 2014 08:00 EST by Sarah Durkin

On Saturday, March 1, 2014, 11 midshipmen members of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) volunteered as judges at the Maryland FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship, held at University of Maryland-Baltimore County (UMBC).

FLL uses robotics and exciting sports-like competitions to introduce students ages 9-14 to engineering and technology. Students strategize, design, build, program, test and refine a fully autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ technology.

71 teams of kids competed in this year's FLL challenge, "Nature's Fury". In this challenge, students explored natural disasters, including storms, quakes, and waves. Teams discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play, and develop their own innovative solutions.
The teams are judged on their research, innovation, implementation, as well as presentation.
"F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Lego League competition is always a fulfilling experience," said NSBE midshipmen 3/C Whitney Morey, "Seeing the extremely precocious and intellectual minds of our youth is truly amazing, and even moreso seeing their development over the course of the season is rewarding and amazing.  The children put forth their greatest efforts into a competition which--whether they win or lose--allows them to enjoy the comradarie of friendship and see the result of hard work and effort.  We each had the joy of seeing tomorrow's brilliance performing before us and every NSBE volunteer was proud to witness it and receive the greater honor of being a part of their growth.  We look forward to working with these young engineers again in the years to come!"
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