FIRST LEGO League brings budding engineers to campus

FIRST LEGO League brings budding engineers to campus

Before the David Crawford School of Engineering got involved, Vermont had never presented a FIRST LEGO League competition.

That changed on Nov. 16, 2013, when Norwich hosted Nature’s Fury, a regional and national competition for 9- to 14-year-olds, in Plumley Armory. Under the guidance of Prof. David Feinauer, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), gave kids a chance to explore their creative and engineering design skills in a contest to build a robot that could stand up to environmental challenges.

For the competition, teams:

  • hone their engineering design skills by developing and programming an autonomous LEGO robot in the Robot Game
  • apply research, critical thinking and creativity skills to learn the science and address real-world challenges
  • demonstrate their understanding of the program’s values, including friendly competition and graciously helping one another

Competition day found Plumley Armory overrun with more than 200 children representing 18 FIRST LEGO League teams, all excited about a program that emphasizes the STEM disciplines, hard work and a core set of values in line with the mission that has guided Norwich University for nearly 200 years. The day was inspirational and exhausting for all involved, and deemed a great success!