RT sponsors Hoosier Girlz First Lego League season
Project Leads:Therese Miller, Robert Ping, UITS Research Technologies and Brian and Rachel Wheeler (Robot and Project Coaches, respectively)
Collaboration and Engagement Support, UITS Research Technologies
With the use of a laptop from IU’s Research Technologies (RT) division of University Information Technology Services (UITS), the Hoosier Girlz First Lego League (FLL) completed their 2013 season by winning two trophies at the Indiana FLL Championship Tournament. They competed against 51 qualifying teams to take home the “Robot Reliability Traveling Trophy,” which is given to the team with the lowest standard deviation for the three robot runs. They also earned the “1st Place Project Innovation Solution” trophy for the most innovative solution to the project portion of the team challenge. The team secured its spot at the championship level by winning three 1st place awards at the local level: Robot Score, Highest Robot Score Average, and Overall (out of 32 teams).
The First Lego League introduces children ages 9-14 to real-world engineering challenges by building Lego-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing field. The teams research problems, find solutions, and share their results with others. Girl Scouts of Central Indiana funded the team to promote science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) opportunities for girls.
Efforts to advance the involvement of girls in STEM subjects at early ages can help redress the imbalance of women in technology-related professions. RT’s involvement in this effort lowered the number of girls sharing each laptop, allowing for more individual hands-on experience. RT also augmented its outreach activities among elementary, middle- and high-school-aged children, and with the Girls Scouts of Central Indiana.