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SSA participates in First Lego League

 2012 was SSA's first time participating in the First Lego League (FLL) event. The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO Laegue is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology - and teach them valuable employment and life skills. In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO* MINDSTORMS* robot) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge. Each year the Challenge has a different theme and over 20,000 teams in 70 countries participate. 

The 2012 theme was Senior Solutions. The Project was to create a solution to help Seniors, people over 60 years of age, and program the robot to perform mobility-related tasks. For the Project, our team created the "Port-A-Waiter", a mechanical device to assist Seniors with carrying packages up and down stairs or open spaces. The students named the robot CARL.

The 2012 team included David Kohanski, Jared Linder, Matt Teeter and Jacob Cohn. The team tied for sixth place out of 20 teams on the Robot Game and scored well in the other areas too. Although we didn't make it to the state finals, we are excited for 2013's Nature's Fury Challenge! Steven Cohn, the SSA parent who came up with this idea in the first place and who made it all happen donating his time and skills to Lego Club, will speak to students and parents interested in participating next year towards the end of this school year.

SSA would like to thank Steven Cohn for his hard work and dedication. Our parents are the best!