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The History of FIRST LEGO League in South Dakota

2020-01-16T11:31:14-06:00

In 2008, Dr. Alan Swanson brought FIRST LEGO League to South Dakota, gathering a group of interested educators and science lovers to be coaches for what he thought would be 4 – 5 teams. A graduate of MIT, Dr. Swanson worked for many years at BAE Systems in New Hampshire – the birthplace of FIRST and FIRST LEGO League. He recognized the need for a program in South Dakota that emphasizes the STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math). After the group saw a competition in Minneapolis, MN, and the excitement and fervor of the teams. FIRST LEGO League took [...]

The History of FIRST LEGO League in South Dakota2020-01-16T11:31:14-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Rapid City Qualifiers

2019-12-12T10:54:25-06:00

Rapid City, SD (December 9, 2019) – Last Saturday, 20 teams met at East Middle School in Rapid City to share their research to compete with their robots and have fun! This was the second Qualifier for the 2019-2020 CITY SHAPER challenge. This tournament was hosted by South Dakota School of Mines and Technology, The Rapid City Public Schools and EmBe. Taking home awards Champions- Team #41881 Ranger Robotics Robot Design and Robot Game Performance- Team # 21902 Everything Is Awesome Core Values – Team #29225 Tiger Tech Project – Team #48831 LEGO Jedi Judges’ Choice – Team #28724 Central SD [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Rapid City Qualifiers2019-12-12T10:54:25-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Qualifier

2019-12-11T15:27:18-06:00

Sioux Falls, SD (November 25, 2019) - Last Saturday, November 23 EmBe and POET hosted the first FIRST® LEGO® League Qualifier of the 2019-2020 Season. This season's challenge is CITY SHAPER, focusing on the challenges humans face as we build and maintain cities in the future. Eighteen teams met to share their research, compete with their robots and of course have fun! Congratulations to every team that competed, we are proud of all the things that you accomplished this season! Taking home awards: Judges' Award - Team #9505 Thumbs Up for Fun Project Award - Team #39009 Northstar Navigators Robot [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete in the Qualifier2019-12-11T15:27:18-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete Internationally

2019-06-04T09:31:07-06:00

The Fantastic Five at the World Festival The Fantastic Five traveled to the FIRST® Championship and World Festival in Detroit.  Arriving on April 24th, the teams witnessed the latest science and technology on display. "The Innovation Fair was cool. We got to hold a de-cellularized human heart, learn about deep brain stimulation, and have a conversation with a robot that could read team t-shirts." One of their favorite parts of the weekend was interacting with other teams. "The team from Denmark was so friendly and nice. They showed and explained all of their code to us and invited us to [...]

FIRST LEGO League Teams Compete Internationally2019-06-04T09:31:07-06:00

EmBe adds FIRST® LEGO® League Junior!

2019-05-06T08:35:20-06:00

Do you have an imaginative LEGO-fanatic? Is there an elementary school student at your house who needs to practice teamwork skills? Know any kids who aren't interested in sports? Do you have a kid who just needs a place to belong? EmBe is bringing FIRST® LEGO® League Junior to South Dakota! Designed to bring science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) principals to participants aged 6-10, FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL-Jr) is a fun, non-competitive, team-based activity.  Working as a part of a team, participants will build motorized LEGO models.  They will also research a science or engineering theme, and make [...]

EmBe adds FIRST® LEGO® League Junior!2019-05-06T08:35:20-06:00

FIRST® LEGO® League building Fun in 2019-2020 season

2019-05-06T08:34:24-06:00

The FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Junior Themes have been released. Registration is now open! Register Here At the FIRST World Festival in Houston, TX, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGO Education released the themes for the 2019-2020 FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Lego League Junior seasons. The new theme for FLL is called City Shaper. Logo for FLL Season City Shaper Images released show that the theme is focused on Urban Planning and Architecture.  For the first time ever, a LEGO designer specializing in their architectural building line was [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League building Fun in 2019-2020 season2019-05-06T08:34:24-06:00

FIRST® LEGO® League Teams Prepare for International Competition

2019-03-07T10:18:50-06:00

The competition season for FIRST® LEGO® League is over. Over 440 area students competed during the 2018-2019 INTO-ORBIT season in this dynamic STEM program that is a signature program of EmBe. They built and programmed their robot to complete missions. They researched and presented their innovative solution. They received their medals and trophies. They danced and had fun. However, most of those 66 teams have now finished their season. However, we do have a few exceptions! When Life Gives You Llamas 2019 FLL Into-Orbit 1st Place ChampionsTeam #4713 When Life Gives you Llamas Team #4713 When Life Gives [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League Teams Prepare for International Competition2019-03-07T10:18:50-06:00

FIRST LEGO League Makes Technology Accessible and Fun

2019-03-04T13:54:20-06:00

FIRST: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology As part of leading EmBe, I get to experience the impactful programs that fulfill our mission firsthand. Early on Saturday, February 2nd, I had my first taste of the state competition for FIRST® LEGO® League. The combination of robots, funny hats and coopertition© brought teams from across the state to Augustana University in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The numbers tell a huge impact story: 30 communities, 149 coaches, 447 students, and dozens of volunteers came together to demonstrate their mastery of technology and gracious professionalism. The purpose of FIRST LEGO League The [...]

FIRST LEGO League Makes Technology Accessible and Fun2019-03-04T13:54:20-06:00

2019 FIRST LEGO League State Tournament Showcases Talent

2019-02-28T13:28:18-06:00

Team members from Surge during one of their robot runs. On a chilly Saturday morning this month,  FIRST Lego League teams were checking in by 7:30 am. "When Life Gives you Llamas", "Surge", "Hill City Robotics" and the "Fabulous Five" were just a few of the teams that came together to race robots, present solutions to problems generated by long space voyages, and compete in core values challenges. FIRST's mission FIRST LEGO League is unique, with a timely mission to "inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build [...]

2019 FIRST LEGO League State Tournament Showcases Talent2019-02-28T13:28:18-06:00

FIRST® LEGO® League teams move on to nationals

2019-02-28T13:28:59-06:00

Over 350 children have enjoyed building and programming their LEGO Mindstorm robots and learning about the interactions between humans and animals during the past season’s FIRST® LEGO® League Animal AlliesSM theme. Fifty-six teams of 9 to 14 year olds were coached by over 130 volunteers. Qualifying competitions were held in Rapid City and Sioux Falls. During the qualifiers, the teams presented their innovative solutions to problems which occur when humans interact with animals, displayed the prowess of their programming and robot design and exhibited their teamwork. Over 100 volunteers helped make these events a fun celebration of the season for [...]

FIRST® LEGO® League teams move on to nationals2019-02-28T13:28:59-06:00

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