FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics Team (8738)
Ages Elementary and middle school students
Calendar School-year program
Location Belmont, MA
International robotics competition.
The Spartan Gears are a veteran FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) team of Belmont 7th graders. FLL is part of an international program, started by the entrepreneur Dean Kamen, that promotes Science, Technology, and Engineering among youth through fun robotics competitions. Each year a different theme and robot challenge is issued, and teams have several months in the autumn to build and program a LEGO Mindstorms robot to score as many points as possible within a limited amount of time. FLL also includes a research project that the teams must do, and important "core values" such as team work, professionalism, and having fun are emphasized throughout the program. You can learn more about it at FIRST | For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. Our team (and others we know in Belmont) are all organized among friends and have parent-coaches help out -- but one of the core values of FLL is that "kids do the work."