Robots Invade the Library!

The second annual Learning Curve @ Central Library FLL Qualifying Tournament took place on Saturday, November 22nd and had 180 kids from 12 FIRST Lego League and 10 Junior FIRST Lego League teams excited about robotics!

The day began with opening ceremonies for all participants and then FLL-ers began their project, robot, and core values presentations to panels of judges. Jr.FLL-ers similarly began talking with their reviewers about their Lego models. After a lunch break and short Jr.FLL closing ceremony, the excitement began again with the FLL robot games, during which teams ran programmed missions for their robots to follow on a mat full of Lego game pieces.

Part of the teams’ registration requirements included bringing in donations for School on Wheels, a local nonprofit providing tutoring and educational advocacy for children impacted by homelessness. The donation drive resulted in the following items:

  • 35 packs of notebook paper
  • 38 boxes of snacks
  • 25 spiral notebooks
  • 126 pencil sharpeners
  • 4 glue sticks
  • 2 rulers
  • 7 boxes of crayons
  • 2 folders
  • 1 pencil box
  • 6 packs of markers
  • 18 prizes
  • 11 packs of pens
  • 5 packs of pencils
  • 2 pairs of scissors
  • 2 packs of erasers
  • 1 $15 staples gift card

“We are so excited and grateful to have all of this!” wrote Amber Ewing, the Director of Development for School on Wheels. “It means the world to us and to the kids we serve and will definitely go a long way in helping us to deliver our programming.”

TPF4Y partnered with the Learning Curve @ Central Library in 2013 in order to put on the first FLL QT hosted there. The event has been a huge success and we enjoy the time spent planning, preparing, and recruiting volunteers.