First Lego League Competition 2004 Montgomery County Community College Lansdale Catholic High School Robotics Partnership June 23, 2004 FIRST • FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) NPO based in New Hampshire • Inspire students to think of careers in science and technology • Dean Kamen – Founder – President, DEKA Research and Development – Inventor of the “Ginger” • Dr. Woody Flowers – National Advisor – – Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering – MIT – Created “King of the Hill” competition for MIT students Lansdale Catholic High School • Lansdale Catholic Cyber-Crusaders Team 272 • 8 years involvement • Many awards most recently including… – 2002 Philadelphia Regional • Regional Champion, Motorola Quality Award – 2003 Philadelphia Regional • Regional Finalist – 2004 Pittsburgh Regional • Chairman’s Award, Imagery Award, Woody Flowers Award – 2004 Philadelphia Regional • Number One Seed, General Motors Industrial Design Award LC Cyber Crusaders • Sharon Williams (215-362-6160) – Faculty Advisor (Science Department Chair) • Frank Larkin (215-519-7273) – Project Coordinator / Engineer • Maureen Weiss (215-368-5144) – Administration (Keeps us on track and organized) • Great support from LC administration, many additional Parents, Engineers and Alumni • 30 – 40 Students each year in various roles including Engineering, Marketing, Imagery, Animation, Additional Resources, etc… Team Funding • Competition costs for 2005 season – $6,000 for “kit of parts” and first regional competition – $4,000 for each additional regional and / or national competition. – $1,000 for additional materials for actual robot – Additional expenses for travel, hotels etc. for competitions • Primary sponsors – Visteon Automotive Systems (7 years) – United Auto Workers (3 years) – Montgomery County Community College – Additional individuals and companies • Fundraisers – Super Bowl Sunday hoagie sale, school dances, coupon books, etc. – FIRST Lego League Competition (FLL) First Lego League Competition • FLL Competition for Middle School students – Students build a robot from a “kit of parts” (Lego Mindstorms) to compete against others to solve “real world” challenges. – Teams start in late September, meet on their own schedule and have between 6-9 weeks to prepare for competition. – Grades 4-9; small groups of 4–8 kids per group + 2 coaches – Diverse sponsorships including Schools, Parishes (CYO), Scouts, Explorers, Neighborhoods, Home School Groups, etc. • Lansdale High School Competition – Started as part of FLL pilot year in 1998 – Local competition began as a fundraiser for Cyber Crusader HS team, to promote Lansdale Catholic and FIRST. – Continues to provide a catalyst for FIRST in this area. – Has grown from 6 teams in 1998 to 48 teams last year with a waiting list of 5 teams. – We have found it best to run the competition as a “tune up” for State competitions on the weekend before Thanksgiving. FLL Competition Overview • Pennsylvania is a hotbed for FIRST robotics – Many FRC High School and FLL teams in area – FIRST holds 3 FLL state competitions in PA, 2 in this area, Upper Darby and Pottsville. Also a late meet (Jan.) at the Franklin Institute. • Our Competition – At LC we were limited to 30 teams because of space – Teams from New York, New Jersey; Delaware, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania. – Some traveled over 3 hours, one way to participate. – MCCC space can easily accommodate 48 teams • Competition Brief Schedule – Teams arrive at 8 am – Practice Rounds, Presentations and Judging in Morning – Actual Competition starts around 12:30 pm – All teams get complete schedule and syllabus before they arrive FIRST / MCCC / LC Partnership • Current Status – MCCC and Lansdale Catholic Robotics partnered last year to provide one of the best FLL competitions in the area • FIRST – Brings name recognition for all FLL teams – No other contribution can be expected for FIRST. • Lansdale Catholic Robotics – LC is know for its expertise in running this competition – LC will staff competition including team guides and helpers, adult judges, referees, gate attendants, team check-in, food concession, score keepers, playing field setup and teardown, announcers, and DJ. – Together we have 6 dual playing fields including regulation lighting, 3 legacy fields from LC and 3 new ones built last year by LC Robotics with money provided by MCCC. – LC benefits by monies from gate, raffle and concession stand. FIRST / MCCC / LC Partnership • Montgomery County Community College – MCCC leader in community has facilities and name recognition – Many Universities are already involved: Drexel University, Virginia Commonwealth University, US Naval Academy, MIT – Desire to showcase College to future students and their parents • Primary Responsibilities – Athletic field house including both gyms and several classrooms – Parking Lot – Power – Both gym audio systems – Tables, chairs and bleachers as needed • Opportunities – MCCC can showcase their facilities to our judges who come from local engineering firms like Lockheed Martin, Merck and others. – MCCC’s name recognition can attract “celebrity” guest appearances – Schedule can be arranged to allow teams and parents to tour science and technology facilities and college. Competition Details • Competition Gym – For best results and rapid competition flow 6 dual playing fields are required. These will be evenly spaced throughout gym. 12 teams compete per round – Audio system for announcers and music. – Power for each field for lights. (4 - 40 watt florescent bulbs) (installed last year by MCCC) Competition Details • “Pits” Gym (no bleachers) – Set up for 48 teams, 1 table per team, 6 chairs per table – Audio system for queuing teams and making competition announcements. – Power for each team to power a PC that is supplied by each team to program their robot. Note: Scaled Visio drawings will be supplied again this year. Competition Details • 4 Judging Rooms – Used to judge each team’s robot and program in various categories. – A playing field will be set up in each room for teams to show their stuff to judges. – Teams will be scheduled to visit judges in the morning. • 2 Presentation Rooms – Teams have option to give a 5 minute presentation related to this year’s challenge. – Presentation room will have 2-3 judges – Room for additional people to stand and watch will be necessary Open Items • Concession – LC will operate a concession stand in the Pits. This was well received last year. – LC may need to set up grills outside. • Giveaways – At competition LC will prepare a “Fun Facts” questionnaire to give to all kids attending competition to present additional knowledge of topic in a fun way. – Possible MCCC giveaway opportunity. Open Items • Competition Date – November 20th 2004, Saturday before Thanksgiving. – We will need the day before to set up • Advertising and Promotion – Lansdale Catholic High School Robotics name must be used in all advertising. This will help teams associate this competition with the positive experience they have had in the past. – Lansdale Catholic High School will need to be consulted on all advertising that uses LC’s name.
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