fll teamDuring the fall of 2015 several student members of the Aluminum Falcons helped mentor the FLL at local Cutler Middle School. During the season, these mentors helped the students on team 1978 in the various aspects of the FLL challenge. The first component asked students to develop the solution to the question "how can we improve the way that someone learns?" To aid learning in the classroom the student chose to use minecraft and demonstrated not only how they could utilize the game to make math, history, and other subjects interesting but also developed a tutorial for the game itself. The mentors from the Aluminum Falcons also helped the middle schoolers build and test their LEGO Mindstorm Robot to meet as many of the game challenges as they could. Mentors helped students learn to code instructions for the robot and design mechanisms that could complete certain challenges. At the Bash at the Beach Competition in Old Lyme the students performed well both demonstrating their solution to the FLL World Class Question and competing with the robot. The team earned one of the six "Golden Tickets" that allowed them to compete in the State Tournament in shelton. this was the first time the team had qualified for States. At the State competition the team performed well but did not advance further. Nevertheless they had a fantastic time and the mentors from our team really enjoyed working with them.



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