On Saturday, December 15, The Woods Academy Robotics teams, the OwlBots and the Green Machine, participated at the FIRST Lego League (FLL) Qualifier held at the Glen Elg Country School. Twenty-three teams competed. The OwlBots and the Green Machine were two of only six teams to survive that Qualifier and advance to the FLL Maryland State Championship, which will be held on Saturday, January 17 at UMBC in Catonsville. All are invited to attend and cheer on the OwlBots and the Green Machine!
The OwlBots won the Judges Award, which is given to a team that scores consistently high across all judging categories – robot design, research project, core values, and robot games. Mr. Jeff Oosterhout was awarded the Outstanding Coach/ Mentor Award. This is Mr. O’s fourth year coaching the OwlBots.
Each year the teams are presented a unique challenge facing today’s scientists. The 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge compelled teams to explore ways to improve the quality of life for seniors. They researched and presented their own innovative solutions to help seniors continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. The OwlBots developed a Face Scan App designed to aid Alzheimer’s patients in recognizing loved ones. The Green Machine conceived of an Activity Cube that presents Alzheimer’s patients with stimulating hand-on activities. In addition, they spent numerous hours using LEGO MINDSTORMS technologies to design, build, and program autonomous robots.