An update from your Suncoast FIRST LEGO League Regional Partner, Desh Bagley:
On May 7, 2016, Hillsborough Community College (HCC) Dale Mabry Campus in Tampa, Florida, hosted the FIRST LEGO League Open State Championship for 36 of Florida’s top FLL robotics teams. Teams of students in grades 4-8 were able to experience a competitive, high energy, gracious and professional robotics tournament on an amazing college campus. Hillsborough Community College administrators and staff were courteous hosts and gave the students new insights on the resources available at HCC.
The state open championship had 36 teams, 280 team members, 75 volunteers, and over 700 family members, visitors, and spectators. The tournament was a cross between an NBA playoff game, a rock concert, and a science fair.
Trophies were award to the top teams in Robot Design, Robot Performance, Project, and Core Values. The tournament results are attached to this email. But, suffice it to say, all teams used strategic engineering principles during the robot game and robot design. Teams presented innovative solutions for dealing with the world’s trash problem through manufacturing , education, and sustainability.
The State Championship would not be possible without the support of Hillsborough Community College, the Doolittle Institute, Polk State College, Renaissance Jax, the Florida High Tech Corridor, University of South Florida, Suncoast Credit Union Foundation, and all of the FIRST LEGO League Affiliate Partners in Florida.
Thank you all for supporting our future STEM Superstars. We are engaging young minds to pursue STEM through the use of competitive robotics programs such as FIRST LEGO League.
For more information about the FIRST LEGO League program, please visit: FIRSTInspires.org/robotics/fll
To learn how to get involved here in Florida, please visit our FIRST LEGO League page on this website to connect with the Affiliate Partner in your area.
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Affiliate Partner, West Central Florida – Hillsborough Community College
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