2013 FSFLL Championship at Delaware Air National Guard base

Last Saturday, February 15, over 400 area youth grades K-8 participated in the FSFLL Champion’s Tournament held at New Castle Air National Guard Base (166th Airlift Wing), New Castle, DE. Opening event speakers included DE US Senator Chris Coons and Brigadier General Carol A. Timmons, Assistant Adjutant General (Air).

Delaware National Guard troops were on hand with displays that showcase military technology and robotics, many with special tie to the students’ challenge theme. For this year’s challenge students used engineering design and processes to come up with a plan to prepare for, survive or recover from a natural disaster.

“Prepare. Respond. Recover.”

“Prepare. Respond. Recover.”

“The competition showcases all the best of LEGO bricks and robotics and the excitement of kids applying STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – wrapped up in an atmosphere of science and the NCAA Basketball Finals, with high energy music in the background,’ said Lou Rosanio, First State FIRST LEGO League Director. “One of the goals of the competition is to help facilitate kids going from users of robotics, to designers of robotics.”

Major Gen. Frank Vavala, adjutant general, Delaware National Guard, said, “The themes of ‘Nature’s Fury’ and ‘Disaster Blaster’ in this year’s competition perfectly fit the National Guard, because on any day our Airmen and Soldiers may be called to duty to help citizens of our state, nation or world respond when a natural disaster threatens. We are also a technology-intensive organization, so we appreciate the kinds of problem-solving that these youth will engage in while facing a simulated natural disaster.”

Photos and video online

DE Online news article and video here   Includes video of DE US Senator Chris Coons, opening ceremony speaker, wearing his new neck tie made entirely of LEGO plastic bricks!

More photos from the DE News Journal/DE Online here

Watch Air guard video interview with DE FSFLL director, Lou Rosanio

FSR salutes Red Clay School’s world record LEGO Tower

August 23, 2013, an authenticator from Guinness World Records was on hand as students and volunteers from the Red Clay school district completed construction on the world’s tallest structure made of LEGO toy bricks. In order to qualify, the structure had to be free-standing and contain no adhesives. The previous record-holder, a 106-foot tower, was built in Prague in 2012.

“This has been a great community event,” Red Clay superintendent, Dr. Merv Daugherty, said. “It shows what people can accomplish when they pull together. One kid could have never done this by themselves, but when we all work together as a team we can do something that people thought impossible.”

Fun facts:

  • 500,000 Lego pieces
  • 112 feet and 11.75 inches tall
  • 11-story tower
  • Weighs just under 1 ton
  • Students from every school in the district worked on the project

Photos and video from the remarkable event can be seen online:

Time magazine

Guinness World Records Website

Delaware Online Video

 

For several years, Red Clay District has partnered with FSR, hosting both FLL qualifiers and JFLL expo events, and sponsoring school-based FLL and FTC teams. This year, one of FSFLL’s qualifying events will be held Saturday, December 14, at Red Clay’s Conrad School of the Sciences.