Recently for her efforts to support the Manchester School Disctrict, Kerrianne Marino a senior at Saint Anselm College was honored by the Meelia Center for Community Engagement. Her work supporting the NH LEGO League in an effort to help bring the fun of robotics to 4th graders in Manchester was outstanding. Not only did she volunteer her own time, she recruited additional volunteers to support the program as mentors to the students of Manchester.
Kerrianne's supports the Meelia Center as a site coordinator for four sites - Webster House, MC2 (a Manchester charter school), YMCA Strive and Teen Program, and the NH LEGO League, a site that she introduced to the Meelia Center this year. In addition to her LEGO robotics work during the school year she has been working at Tufts University for the past three years and has been surrounded by LEGOs during her time there as well.
She will be attending Tufts University in the fall to pursue a Masters Degree in Human Factors Engineering. On behalf of the NH LEGO League and the Manchester School District we wish Kerrianne the very best, a shinning star in the engineering world aboout to burn very bright.
Last year the Belknap Bots of Dover had a challenging FIRST LEGO League experience. After a great preseason preparing for competition, and armed with a nearly 400pt robot they went to their qualifier at UNH. Unfortunately the robot experienced a malfunction and would only do donuts when they ran a program.
What makes FLL so great, many teams at the event jumped in to support the Belknap Bots providing replacement parts, extra EV3 bricks, computers and other parts. The teams and coaches at the UNH qualifier helped them troubleshoot the problems but could not identify the source of the malfunction.
In true FIRST spirit, after the event UNH competition coordinators and state partner BAE started working with the team to try and help ease their frustrations and this lead them to us at the NH LEGO LEAGUE.
After hearing the story, LEGOMAN Dan, our coach of FLL Team #55 Kings of Konstruction contacted the team and went to Dover to troubleshoot the issue with the team. After a couple of weeks of looking at a number of things we found that the issue was a defect in the spinning motor, not the motor they thought had failed. The team has worked very hard over the last year to fix this issue and The Belknap Bots will be back next year and stronger than ever. This is a great group of kids who show tremendous Gracious Professionalism in everything they do.
Thanks to a partnership between the Manchester School District, City Year, and FIRST, FLL team #55 Kings of Konstruction coach Daniel Hughes spent the day coaching nearly 30 Manchester City Year staff on the foundation of FLL coaching. These amazing mentors’ will be running teams at 8 Elementary schools in Manchester this spring. City Year teams, we thank you for supporting the Manchester kids and being so giving of your time.
With the first of three competitions under their belts, FTC Team#10103 Untitled1 was looking to keep their strong robot performance going at the second NH FTC meet of the season. The drivers group had been working on a consistent strategy to score points and the programmers had been trying to bring the autonomous program online. Learning to work with alliance partners and a last minute change to the robot allowed the team to go 4-1 and win their second meet of the season beating out 14 other teams to take the top spot once again. The team now goes into a six week building mode before the very critical meet three challenge.
The goal was simple; let’s get the robot to just move. That was the objective for the first year FTC team out of Goffstown, NH. These nine amazing kids had never worked together as a team, never built a robot they had to control, and knew nothing about programming with Android Studio or Java. So it was a surprise to everyone when they finished in first place going undefeated in 5 out of 5 matches at the first NHFTC league meet.