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The Competition

Overview of the FIRST Lego League (FLL) competition.
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FIRST Lego League Tournaments

At FIRST Lego League (FLL) tournaments, all teams have to compete in four catergories: Conrad_37teamwork, research, robot design & programming, and robot performance. Each category accounts for 25% of the overall score.


Regional FLL at the Conrad School of Science on Dec. 12, 2009



The offical robot playing field. An 4'x8' table with mission models. All teams build an autonomous robot to complete a number of missions in 2:30 minutes and score as many points as possible.



Robot operators Justin and Tilman.



Teamwork judging at the FLL Tournament on Dec. 12, 2009.



Presentation of the Team Igutech's research on bicycle transportation in our community.








Dec. 12, 2009 Wilmington, DE:

FLL Team 340 (The Igutechs) won the 1st place in the Teamwork Award at the Conrad School of Science FLL Tournament. This qualifies the team to move up and participate in the  state championship tournament on January 30, 2010 where the Igutechs will compete against teams from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Teamwork is critical to success in FLL and it is the key ingredient in any team's success. This award is presented to the team whoses members best demonstrate extraordinary enthusiasm and sprit, the utmost respect for their own teammates, and support and encouragement of fellow teams. They demonstrate confidence, energy, strong problem-solving skills and great group dynamics. (From the FIRST Lego League Handbook.

About FIRST and FLL

logo The IguTech Team was founded in 2009 to compete with about 10,000 other teams in a world wide lego robotics challenge. A new challenge is released every year at the beginning of September and constist of several parts: the Robot Game, a Research Project and mostly important, teamwork.
smart_move_logo This year's theme is about transforming transportation - its motto "Smart Move".

"Can FIRST LEGO League teams transform the way we look at transportation? The key to the 2009 “Smart Move” Challenge is accessing people, places, goods and services in the safest, most efficient way possible. In this journey, teams will consider many modes of transportation beyond their daily routine and streamline their options by making smart moves!"


What is the FLL?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. Each year FLL teams embark on an adventurous Challenge based on current, real-world issues. Guided by a team coach and assisted by mentors, the kids build and program a lego robot that autonomously completes a series of missions on a 4' x 8' (1.2 m x 2.4 m) playing field. Points are scored for completed missions in a 2:30 min time frame, for innovative robot design, team work and a presentation of a research project the team has completed.


FIRST - For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

FIRST was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills. (from the FIRST website)





Team Igutech visits Aesculap Spine

Aesculap-logo[Sydney N] On Friday May 28, 2010, Coach Harald took Team Igutech to Aesculap Spine in Breiningsville, PA. Our hosts: Mr Christian Gabriel (Director Marketing Orthopedics), Mr. John Love (VP of R&D at Aesculap) presented the history of Aesculap and introduced us to the staff. We learned how high-tech surgical knee, hip, and spine implants are made. During their presentation, we had the best cookies, fruit, popcorn, and drinks.

Our hosts lead us on a tour through the Aesculap building. On our first stop, we got to see a 3D design demonstration of a tadpole. They showed us how we could change the shape, length, and width of the tadpole using the Catia Software. Then we went to the test lab. At the test lab, they test the strength and durability of their spine implants. Their robot works 24 hours for six weeks and runs 5 million cycles.


Then we visited the machine shop. The first two robots we saw were the four and five axis milling machines that shape soft metal parts for their products. Then we saw the EDM machine that cuts soft and hard metal with hair fine wire. We got to put our hands in the gloves that go inside the sand blasting box. We met a really cool laser welding technician who sat in a purple chair showed us how he uses the equipment. Jackie put on his welding helmet! At the quality control lab, we saw how they project an image (magnified by 60, 100, and 200) to check the final product against the blueprint.

Igutech_visit_100528_groupBack at the conference room, they showed us the knee and hip implant products and how they secure them. They explained the types of metals and plastics used then we were lucky enough to touch the products. They felt so smooth that you might think it was real cartilage. We celebrated the end of our trip with the Aesculap Skeleton!

Thanks to Aesculap and Coach Harald, it was the coolest trip ever. I was really happy we got to interact with the staff and products!