SWFRTP Members as Judges
Seven SWFRTP Members donated their time to judge a FIRST Lego League Robotics Tournament at Cypress Lake Middle School on Saturday, January 12. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST Robotics, as it is known, was started 30 years ago and promotes STEM Education around the world.
SWFRTP members donating their time for the event were Jon Boynton, Barbara Ramos, Esmeralda Gonzalez, Grace LaFreniere, Felipe Velosa, John LaFreniere (SWFRTP President) and Tina LaFreniere (SWFRTP Executive Administrator). Most of these members also donated their time to the pre-qualification event held in December, also at Cypress Lake. At that tournament, SWFRTP Vice President, Linda Lyding, donated her time and talents as well. Each judge went through several hours of training prior to the events.
The event was covered by the Ft. Myers News-Press paper.https://www.news-press.com/story/news/local/2019/01/12/lego-robotics-competition-fuels-kids-passions-cypress-lake-middle-school/2528823002/
All participants, students, judges and volunteers, are encouraged to dress in crazy hats or costumes. This enhances the fun of the tournament and puts students more at ease while in judging sessions.
The tournament was for teams of up to ten students ranging in age from nine to fourteen. Each year teams compete in the areas of Core Values, Robot Game and Research Project with a changing theme each year. This year's theme is Into Orbit, which is about humans living long term in space.
The SWFRTP sponsors local FIRST teams at multiple levels from elementary to high school. One of the teams we sponsor, The Edisonian Bots, competed at this tournament and performed very well. They will be advancing to the Regional Championship to be held at Hillsboro Community College in Plant City, Florida, on February 23.