A FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) team from New Jersey, USA recently visited local senior residents in their town to find out which everyday tasks they most need help with. The team, Brick Bots, is competing in the 2012 Senior Solutions competition and as part of the challenge they need to design a senior-assisting robot made using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education.
Take a look at the full article here to see how they have started their journey in the competition (the team is only 6 weeks old). Further details about the FLL 2012 competition and how UK schools can enter can be found at firstlegoleague.theiet.org
Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities? In the 2012 Senior SolutionsSM Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to16 from more than 60 countries will explore the topic of aging and how it may effect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch or staying fit.
As part of the challenge teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course. Teams will also need to research obstacles and then suggest ways to improve the quality of life for the seniors affected.
Further details about the event will be released next year – we’ll keep you posted.
2011 Food Factor Challenge
The 2011 Food Factor Challenge is now underway in the UK. Full details about the competition, including details of the final on 28 January 2012 at Loughborough University, can be found at http://firsthandtechnology.org.uk/