Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run

Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run The FIRST LEGO® League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills.

This Winston-Salem FIRST LEGO® League is supporting the formation of seventeen public middle school teams across Winston-Salem. Each team of approximately 10 students will program an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface as well as create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project.

12/20/2011

Thanks to everyone who made the inaugural Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run a huge success!

Here are the winners:

Core Values Awards:
Inspiration Award: the Northwest Middle “Bacon Strips”
Teamwork Award: the Northwest Middle “LEGO Terminators”
Gracious Professionalism Award: the Southeast Middle “Jaguars”

Project Awards:
Research Award: the Hanes Middle “Purple Dragons”
Innovation Solution Award: the Hanes Middle “Golden Dragons”
Presentation Award: the Northwest Middle “Gearoholics”

Robot Design Awards:
Mechanical Design: the Hanes Middle “Black Dragons”
Programming: the Jefferson Middle “Mad Minutemen”
Strategy and Innovation: the Brunson Elementary “Robotics 1”

Robot Performance: the Clemmons Middle “Cardinals”

Champion’s Award: the Meadowlark Middle School “Mustangs”

Many thanks to our sponsors:
Title Sponsor: Cook Medical.
Other sponsors included Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center; Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds initiative, Forsyth Technical Community College; JFK Consulting; Solid Space; and the Wake Forest Center for Nanotechnology and Molecular Materials.
In addition to sponsoring the event, Cook Medical and Wake Forest Baptist provided many adult mentors who spent many hours working with the teams during the fall semester.

The first Annual Robot Run was a huge success! It was great to meet blogger Lucy Cash from Life In Forsyth there! She wr...
12/12/2011
Life in Forsyth

The first Annual Robot Run was a huge success! It was great to meet blogger Lucy Cash from Life In Forsyth there! She wrote about the event on her blog! Thanks Lucy!

"Everyone seems to be reading that blog." -Jaqueline McBride, Salem College, as quoted in the Winston-Salem Journal, July 2, 2008

12/09/2011

Neil Saunders, an engineer with Cook Medical who has spent many hours mentoring students at Clemmons Middle, says: "I have seen tremendous growth in the students who have participated and through this effort there have been several of the students who have blossomed into leaders. This has also spilled over into the remaining student body (Faculty and Students) where there is a great deal of interest on Lego meeting days to see what these young folks have accomplished. I believe the opportunity is there for this to be an even bigger event next year!

12/09/2011

Engineer Neil Saunders is one of about a dozen mentors from Cook Medical, the presenting sponsor of the Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run, who are volunteering many hours of their time to help 17 middle schools and one elementary school get their teams ready for this Saturday’s competition. Neil, who has been volunteering at Clemmons Middle School, says it has been a very rewarding experience, although it can be tough to resist helping the students too much.
“We just guide them; they have to do it all on their own, including coming up with the missions that they want their robots to do, then programming them to make them execute the tasks. .. . Sometimes I have thoughts about how they could do something better, but instead of telling them, I ask questions. I’ll say, ‘What kind of math skills could you use to solve this problem?’ “
For Will Munster, an engineer with Avid Solutions who is also mentoring the Clemmons Middle team, the competition not only helps students, but his company as well. “We NEED engineers, and motivating middle school students to pursue these careers will help our recruiting a few years from now,” he said.

Timeline Photos
12/09/2011

Timeline Photos

12/09/2011

The first Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run is coming up this Saturday, and for Chardetta Turrentine, the event is a true family affair.
Her son Kenny, now a student in Early College, has competed in robotics in the past and will be there to cheer on his younger brother Jonathan, a sixth grader who will compete on the Northwest Middle School team. And Chardetta’s son Jason, a fifth grader, can’t wait until he can attend Northwest next year and participate in FIRST Lego League.
“My sons are very hyper kids; they are the kind of students who need ‘hands-on’ learning,” Chardetta says. “They struggle with reading, they don’t like to do homework. … I have never seen them take to anything like they have to this. Even though Jason isn’t at Northwest yet, he went to one of the practices with Jonathan and they let him try it. One of the mentors took a cell phone video of them, and to see the look of amazement on their faces… I was in tears, I was crying. … When you have kids who struggle constantly in school, and then see them get so excited about something and grasp it, it is such a blessing. I tell everyone I know, ‘Get your kids involved in robotics! It’s the best thing that ever happened to my family!’ “

Make sure to share our Facebook and Twitter pages with all your friends! The teams have been working hard and deserve lo...
12/07/2011
Welcome to the W-S Robot Run

Make sure to share our Facebook and Twitter pages with all your friends! The teams have been working hard and deserve lots of praise!

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The Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run is less than one week away. Be sure to mark this Saturday on your calendar!
12/06/2011
Welcome to the W-S Robot Run

The Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run is less than one week away. Be sure to mark this Saturday on your calendar!

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We want to thank our sponsor Forsyth Tech for hosting our Dec. 10th tournament. Thank you for supporting our robotics te...
11/22/2011
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We want to thank our sponsor Forsyth Tech for hosting our Dec. 10th tournament. Thank you for supporting our robotics teams that are competing!

Forsyth Tech is your community college. It's your source for affordable college education, offering two-year AAS degrees and college transfer opportunities. It's where you'll find the job training and skills you need for a lasting career or a new start. So look around o...

Need a fun way to spend a Saturday? Volunteer for the Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run! Visit our site for more inf...
11/21/2011
Welcome to the W-S Robot Run

Need a fun way to spend a Saturday? Volunteer for the Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run! Visit our site for more information.

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Be sure to keep yourself up-to-date by following our Facebook and Twitter accounts. Also stop by our website. http://ow....
11/16/2011
Welcome to the W-S Robot Run

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What do kids, Cook Medical, and legos all have in common? The Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run! Thanks to our spons...
11/15/2011
Cook Medical

What do kids, Cook Medical, and legos all have in common? The Forsyth County Invitational Robot Run! Thanks to our sponsor, Cook Medical. http://ow.ly/7ud1p

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10/25/2011

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10/20/2011

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