Ithaca LEAH has been involved with the FIRST linup of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programming for many years. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) releases themed challenges using LEGOs at two different levels. FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is for teams of kids, ages 9 – 14, to compete to build and program a LEGO robot, research a science problem and develop a solution, and work as a team. Jr.FLL is for kids ages 6 – 9 and uses the same science theme as FLL to challenge the kids to learn about a subject, invent a solution to it, and represent their ideas in a LEGO model to show at the annual Expo.
FIRST LEGO League
We have had an FLL team since the 2009 season, growing large enough that we split into two teams in 2011. Our teams compete at the Corning Qualifying tournament in the fall, and for the past several years, both teams have progressed on to the Finger Lakes Regional Tournament held at the University of Rochester.
Kids interested in joining the team are encouraged to sign up for the introductory co-op class held every spring. At the end of the spring co-op we form the team rosters and start meeting occasionally over the summer. We start the season strong with a kick-off party in early September and work hard from then until the tournament in early December. It is a lot of work but loads of fun. Contact one of our coaches to learn more!
Junior FIRST LEGO League
Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr.FLL) is an introductory league for kids ages 6-9. The kids work on a LEGO model during the fall co-op session, and then come back together in January to present their work at the Jr.FLL Expo held at Cornell University. It is a fun introduction to FIRST and their LEGO programming for kids! If you are interested in being a part of this program, be sure to sign up for the fall co-op session and sign up for the class.