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Algonquin Girl Scouts Compete in FIRST LEGO League 2010 Challenge

Friday, November 05, 2010   (0 Comments)
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By Laura Alessio Algonquin Community Member

 

 

Photo caption: Algonquin's FIRST LEGO League 2010 Challenge Team BODPADO, made up of Girl Scouts from Westfield Community and Lincoln Prairie Schools, show their robot at Northern Illinois University's STEMfest.

 


 

 

Seven girls from Algonquin have formed a team to compete in the 2010 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) 2010 Challenge. Team BODPADO exhibited their robot recently (October 23) at the Northern Illinois University’s first annual STEMfest. The event attracted thousands of attendees who learned about developments and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

FLL is an international competition for elementary and middle school students. Each year the contest focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. This year’s topic is "Body Forward – Engineering meets Medicine." Team members must design and program LEGO Robots to complete tasks and work out solutions to the various challenges they are given prior to competing in regional tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots. Team BODPADO will compete in the FIRST LEGO League’s regional competition in Crystal Lake on December 19, 2010.

Team BODPADO (a compilation of letters from team members’ names) has been working on their project since the 2010 FLL challenge launched on September 3. One attends Lincoln Prairie Elementary School in Algonquin, and the six others attend Westfield Community elementary and middle schools.

Team BODPADO is sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Northern Illinois and Motorola.


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