Our FIRST ®LEGO® League Global Innovation semi-finalists, runners-up and winners do not necessarily end their work when their winning seasons are over. We caught up with the 2015 FLL WORLD CLASSSM semi-finalists, NeXT Generation, of Tully, NY, USA, who have had quite an exciting year working with teams in three of the four FIRST® programs.
Earlier this season, NeXT GEN worked at a FIRST booth at the New York State Fair, along with three other FIRST LEGO League teams and their FIRST® Tech Challenge team — all from the town of Tully in New York. Team members talked to hundreds of fair-goers about the FIRST program and about their Global Innovation Project, the Bridge to Communicate. There was a lot of excitement at the booth with fair-goers controlling robots and many people asking how to start a program in their town!
The Team invited its Tully FIRST community of FIRST LEGO League teams to hear an expert speaker on recycling. She shared information to kickoff their Project for the TRASH TREKSM season.
NeXT Generation also shared a field trip opportunity with their Tully FIRST community. NeXT Generation invited the three other FIRST LEGO League teams from their town on field trips to the Waste to Energy Facility and to the recycling center in our county. It was fun to spend time bringing our teams together and exploring project ideas with everyone!
Team NeXT Generation hosted a “Best Practices” workshop where each of NeXT Generation’s team members presented at the work shop and shared. This was a very well-attended event by students and coaches. There were 5 teams at our event including two teams that NeXT Generation mentors.
Many members of NeXT Generation are busy mentoring both FIRST LEGO League and FIRST ®LEGO® League Jr. teams in their town this year. In turn, they say they are very fortunate to have FIRST Tech Challenge members mentoring them. The first half of 2016 has been a very busy and exciting time of the year with so many events happening.