Written By: Olivia Baggerly, Student Web Reporter
As brainwashing and unproductive apps can seem to be, not all are created for entertainment use. In fact, many apps are utilized for personal reference and guides, such as the “Maps” and “Weather” apps. The idea of productive use of an app attracted the Rockin’ Robots FIRST Lego League team (FLL), an organization with a main goal of increasing awareness and participation in science and engineering.
FIRST has aimed to turn engineering into a sport. The FIRST Lego League consists of four levels of competition:
- FIRST Junior Lego League for younger kids
- FIRST Lego League for ages 9-14
- FIRST Tech Challenge – High school
- FIRST Robotics Competition – High school, larger robots than FIRST Tech
Each year, the large robots regional competition takes place at the Memorial Coliseum and includes teams from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Idaho, and sometimes Mexico. Each team includes mentors who are expected to guide the kids, but let the work and decisions be done by the kids.