On Saturday, December 1, a team from Tolland, the 4 Roboteers, competed in the First Lego League (FLL) Robotic competition at Rockville High School. The challenge this year was called “Senior Solutions” requiring the teams to “improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.”
The FLL challenge has three parts, the Robot Game, the Project and Core Values. The Robot Game is a timed contest to get a team-built robot to complete obstacles that relate to problems faced by seniors. For the Project, teams worked with senior citizen partner, identified problems faced by them, created an innovative solution and presented their solution to tournament officials. The Core Values guide the team and teaches the ideal of “Gracious Professionalism.”
The 4 Roboteers won the Core Value award by exhibiting teamwork and cooperation during a building project that is part of the competition.
The team placed in the top six and will go on to the State Tournament to take place this Sunday, December 9, at Central Connecticut State University.
Team members are Madalyn Reagan, Ted Fischer, Andrew Lavertu, and Ben Free. They are coached by parent volunteers Christy Fischer and Mike Lavertu. The four are all 6th grade students at Tolland Middle School.