The Madrona Robotics TEAM provides an opportunity for youth in grades 4th through 8th to gain knowledge in science, technology, engineering, and math while learning valuable team building and cooperation skills.

As part of the Madrona community, the Team will develop presentations and demonstrations to actively engage other students in STEM learning.  This entails a booth at the annual school-wide STEM event, mentoring the STEM Club. and an exhibit at the Edmonds School District STEM night as well as classroom presentations.

As part of First Lego League, the Team will receive a challenge every Fall.  Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game; the Project; and the FLL Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. Teams may then attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our FIRST LEGO League Partners.

2015 TRASH TREK Challenge

We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!  From collection, to sorting, to smart production, and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye. FIRST LEGO League teams will discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!  FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  They will choose and solve a real-world trash problem in the Project.  They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values– celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing Challenges around such topics, FLL exposes students to potential career paths while solidifying the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) principles that naturally come from participating in the program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

In our fledgling year, we are looking to establish a solid base to build a sustainable club which will encourage and excite students to explore STEM through robotics.

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