Junior Tech Academy is proud to have been involved with several FIRST(tm) LEGO(tm) League (FLL) Teams this year. For those who are not familiar with FLL, this world-wide competition (233,000+ students age 9-16 in 80 countries world-wide participated this year!) combines scientific research into a real-life problem with the challenge of building and programming a LEGO(tm) Mindstorms(tm) robot to complete an obstacle course in no more than 2.5 minutes. More details on this competition can be found at http://firstlegoleague.org/about-fll.
JTAs technology courses are a good starting place for learning about the key skills needed for a successful team in the Robotics part of the competition – we teach programming concepts, we explore engineering best practices and we work with various robotics platforms.
As a matter of fact, Junior Tech Academy’s students and alumni have done very well so far in this year’s FLL competition. JTA provided robotics training to 10 School District FLL teams, as well as to several neighborhood teams. The team coached by JTA’s founder Philip Bierhoff ended high in the robotics competition at their tournament (combined 6th/7th out of 20 teams), and a team consisting of several Junior Tech Academy students made it into the Regional Championships. This Team, the aptly named Brick Girls, will show off their Engineering and Science skills at the iSpace Regional Championships this coming Saturday Jan 16th at Scarlett Oaks campus in Sharonville, OH. If you’re in the neighborhood – come out and support them! Watching an FLL tournament is a great experience! More details on this event can be found here. Here are the Brick Girls showing off their trophies after winning big in their Local Tournament:
Interested in having your child join an FLL team? Junior Tech Academy will have its own FLL team for the 2016/2017 challenge – called Animal Allies! Contact us for more details!