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FoodFactor

Food Factor - The 2011/12 FLL Project

Food Factor - Color Logo 1The FIRST Lego League Project challenge this season was to investigate our food and find one way to improve its safe delivery. Some questions every team had to consider were: Where does our food come from? How is it grown? Where has it been? Who handled it? How did it get to our kitchen cupboard? Who protected it along the way? How did they prevent spoiling and contamination? How did they decide which food was good and which was spoiled or contaminated?

To find out about all these threads, our team (The Igutechs) conducted a lot of research. We started out with a comprehensive food safety survey at the DaVinci Science Center, we pulled up all sorts of online resources, discussed and brainstormed with teachers and parents and finally, we consulted two experts in this field: The Food and Human Safety Coordinator in our local Wegmans supermarket and the Director of a commercial kitchen serving food to more than 3,000 students daily.

The FLL Food Factor Challenge required every team to:

  • Identify a food-contamination related problem
  • Create an innovative solution
  • Share the solution with the community
  • Create a 5-minute presentation

Food Bots

On June 4, the FIRST Lego League Team 'Igutech' exhibited at the Da Vinci Science center in Allentown, PA. The team (seven 6th graders) set up seven different stations to share their experience with Lego robotics, programming and the FIRST Lego League.

At one of the stations, visitors were given three minutes to build a Lego robot model combatting 'food contamination'. Here are some of the creative results.

Looking forward to your comments or to receiving additional designs.

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Robot's name: B203125

Purpose: Squishes the germs out of fruit and then runs over the germs

Designer: Sam R. (12)

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Robot's name: Bob the Food Bot

Purpose: Used to suck in food, spin it on orange plate, suck in germs and bacteria and spit it out of a tube

Designer: Seth R. (12)

food-bot_sparky

Robot's name: Sparky

Purpose: Baking

Designer: Zachary (7)

food-bot_contact (6)

Robot's name: Contact

Purpose: Contacts space

Designer: Michael (10)

food-bot_rain-robot

Robot's name: Rain Robot

Purpose: to protect me from rain

Designer: Alex (6 3/4)

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Robot's name: Kicking Machine

Purpose: kicking garbage out of the way

Designer: Kevin (11)

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Newsflash

B.Braun Visit

[HG 4-21-10] On April 16logo_BBraun, 2010 we visited B.Braun Medical in Allentown, PA to learn about medical device manufacturing. TeamMeeting_100416-03aWe started out with a video about the company history, while we were treated to snacks and sodas. Then, engineers from R&D, Design and Production explained B.Braun's products. They introduces us to he fascinating world of infusion systems and drug delivery. Highlights were hands-on demonstrations of needle free IV valves (with fake blood!) and the illustration of 3D computer-aided design process.  Then, everyone had their turn to play with an industrial robot in one of B. Braun's R&D Labs. Their robot was clearly bigger and much 'fancier' then our LEGO robots, but the engineers explained that it used pretty much the same building blocks: motors with rotation sensors, various otther ensors, step-by-step programs, .... Another highlight was the window tour through production were we could see hundreds of large industrial robots making millions of little plastic pieces each day. Thanks so much again to our host Mr. Selk and his team of experts who stayed late on a Friday to give us a first-class tour and patiently answered our lots and lots of questions. We were very impressed and we would certainly like to come back one day.

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