Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Middle School for Girls’ robotics team, the “Lego Lions,” was awarded the First Place: Innovative Solution Award at the Penn FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship Event held at the University of Pennsylvania in February.
Each fall, FLL releases The Challenge for the upcoming tournament season – based on a real-world scientific topic – and the teams begin to solve for the two key components: the Robot Game and the Project. The FLL’s “Core Values” including teamwork, sportsmanship, and “gracious professionalism” are the cornerstones of the FLL program, and guide the teams through the experience.
This year’s challenge was to improve the quality of life for senior citizens by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected to their community. The team created “The Read Away,” which is a handheld device that scans written material, remembers it, and reads it back to the senior citizen. Judges awarding the team’s elite honor recognized the girls’ solution as “exceptionally well-considered and creative, with good potential to solve the problem researched.”