Wetsel Robotics Teams Achieve at Regional Competition

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The regional (Valley) FLL competition is sponsored by James Madison University’s (JMU) College of Integrated Science and Engineering, JMU’s Research and Scholarship, and of course the Shenandoah Valley Technology Council.

15 Madison middle school students traveled to James Madison University on Saturday to compete against teams in our local area for FIRST Lego League (FLL).

The Wetsel 7th grade group came in 4th place overall for their robot score and 1st for their project and presentation. The 8th grade group received the Judge’s Award for showing gracious professionalism at the completion. The team is coached by Wetsel Assistant Principal Tori Gelbert and Technology Specialist Shawn McDonough.

FIRST Lego League was created through a partnership between FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and the LEGO company, and inspires future scientists and engineers.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL), considered the “little league” of the FIRST Robotics Competition, is the result of a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company. FLL extends the FIRST concept of inspiring and celebrating science and technology to children aged 9 through 14, using real-world context and hands-on experimentation.

With the help of LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System technology, young participants can build a robot and compete in a friendly, FIRST-style robotics event specially designed for their age group. Using LEGO bricks and other elements such as sensors, motors, and gears, teams gain hands-on experience in engineering and computer programming principles as they construct and program their unique robot inventions.

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