On Saturday, February 2, 2019, 28 teams from the School District of Palm Beach County out-of-school time (OST) programs serving middle school-age youth competed in the First Lego League (FLL) 2019 Robotics Extravaganza. This year’s ‘Into Orbit’ space-themed event included robot mission competitions resulting in eight teams selected to advance to the South Florida Regional Championships that will be on February 23, 2019, at Boynton Beach High School, where more than 35 middle school OST teams from seven South Florida counties will be competing for an opportunity to advance to the state competition, as well as to win coveted ‘bids’ to compete in other FLL tournaments around the United States.
This tournament was sponsored by School District of Palm Beach County Extended Learning Department and Green Mouse Academy. Palm Beach State College has been our most gracious and helpful host for the past four years.
FIRST LEGO League challenges children to think like scientists and engineers. During the Into Orbit season, each team researches a real-world problem or challenge in the area of space exploration and proposes a solution that could be developed and implemented. They also build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO
technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and gracious professionalism.