FIRST Event Huge Success

Maggie Walker's FIRST Robotics Team #422 hosted its 9th annual FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifying Tournament on Saturday, November 6 at MWGS. The vision of FIRST (For Inspiration and Research in Science and Technology) is "to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology heroes." FIRST Lego League, for ages 9-14, introduces young students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic based playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover career possibilities, and through the process, research real challenges facing today's scientists.

The 2010 FLL Challenge--BODY FORWARD: Biomedical Engineering--required teams to explore the cutting-edge world of Biomedical Engineering to discover innovative ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body's potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives. Of the participating teams from area elementary and middle schools that competed, three teams advanced to the State Tournament at JMU to be held on December 4-5.  This event showcases our school and is often the first introduction these young students have to Maggie Walker. The event was thoroughly enjoyed by all and many teams are eagerly looking forward to next year already. Many thanks to MWGS administration and the many student and parent volunteers who helped organize and execute the tournament! The enthusiasm of the kids, the excitement of the crowd, the innovative ideas and gracious professionalism exhibited by all, were awe-inspiring! That's what FIRST is all about!