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Results of the 2017-2018 FLL Robotics Season

The youth members of Koochiching County 4-H cleaned up the High Tech Kids’ Regional Robotics Tournament! Of the 22 robotics teams from across Koochiching, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Beltrami, Itasca, Cass counties, and the White Earth Tribal Community participating at the tournament; seven of the teams were part of the Koochiching County 4-H Afterschool Programming.

This is the 9th year that Koochiching County 4-H has sponsored robotics teams to participate in the First Lego League program.

Each season, FIRST® LEGO® League teams undertake a two part Challenge based on a real-world topic. This season, teams participating in #HydroDynamics explored the exciting world of the human water via the Project and Robot Game, all while operating under the FIRST LEGO League signature set of Core Values, emphasizing teamwork and good sportsmanship.

THE PROJECT - Teams research and solve real-world problems just like scientists and engineers. This season, teams investigated the hidden (or not so hidden) world of the Human Water Cycle! Each team was asked to:

• Identify a problem that in the way that people find, transport, use, or dispose of water
• Create an innovative solution that addresses their identified problem.
• Share their solution with relevant and/or meaningful audiences.

THE ROBOT GAME -Teams built and programmed an autonomous robot using a LEGO® EV3 MINDSTORMS® kit to solve a set of missions on a playing field. Each mission represents a different concept in trash removal, sorting, processing, recycling, or reduction.

Partnering with the First Lego League not only meets the Minnesota State 4-H directive to include STEM (Science Technology, Engineering and Math) as part of the county programming, but has also creates an opportunity for youth leadership and volunteerism. "...when our Senior team members are serving as mentors to the rookie teams, youth leaders are co-coaching with adult volunteers, and robotics program 4-H alumni are volunteering in different ways at the Regional Tournament…That’s when you know we have achieved the 4-H Motto--‘To make the Best Better!’”

Team Results of the High Tech Kids' Regional FLL Robotics Tournament in Northome on December 2, 2017

(Click the links to see individual team results)

Team 2816 - Rogue Squad - Indus Eagles 4-H Robotics
Team 2817 - Water Wolves - Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club
Team 2818 - Grizzly Bots - Tech Tuesdays 4-H Club
Team 2819 - I Like Turtles - Northome 4-H Robotics
Team 2820 - The 5 Musketeers - Northome 4-H Robotics
Team 29054 - Lightening Bolts - Northome 4-H Robotics
Team 36443 - Dynamite Girls - Northome 4-H Robotics


Team Results of the HTK Sectionals Robotics Tournament in Minneapolis on January 13, 2017

Team 2819 - I Like Turtles at Sectionals 
Team 2820 - The 5 Musketeers at Sectionals
Team 36443 - Dynamite Girls at Sectionals 


FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 14 year-old children to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. The competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams create a team identity, go on field trips, and participate in tournaments. In addition, they cultivate life skills such as planning, brainstorming, collaboration, and teamwork, as well as research, presentation and technical skills.

The Koochiching County 4-H Afterschool Robotics program is funded in part by the Otto Bremer Trust.

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