quod aedificationem ex nihilo building something out of nothing...
The League of Extraordinary Roboticists (The League or LER) evolved as a result of an exclusion policy by our local high school robotics team which precludes students from joining their robotics team until their junior or senior year. Some of us were members of a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics team and were aging out of the program. We did not want to stop participating in robotics for two years. So we approached Coach Bell and after she verified the policy....The League was born....
THE STORIES BEHIND OUR MISSION and VISION STATEMENTS
Aut inveniam viam aut faciam I shall either find a way or make one...
OUR TRUE STORIES:
"What do you mean you're on a robotics team, ...you're anti-stereotypical! Blacks don't build robots, we play basketball and football..." (statement made by one African-American kid to an African-American team member)
uh NOT true! #Robotics is for everyone!
"Girls can't build robots!": (Statement made at different times and in different locations to girls on our teams)
We know they can! #Robotics is for everyone!
Disability or Different Abilities: We realize the value of different perspectives and abilities..."there are many labels for people who have mental, physical, learning and emotional challenges but all too often they are negative or tend to give the impression that a person's condition is something to keep quiet about. To be labeled with such words as 'limited' or to be thought of as less capable than others ..." can be discouraging because often times it has a negative connotation. We currently have and will continue to have members on our team who have different abilities . We appreciate their different abilities, often times they make the most contributions to our team, we are extremely lucky that they are members on our team! #Robotics is for everyone!
Why we believe robotics should begin at an early age - Observations which lead to our commitment to mentor and how it relates to our mission and vision statements: We have observed through the interactions of our FLLJR boys and girls teams, how the perceptions are different when kids are building and programming together at a young age versus when they have not. There are no statements that girls can not do this, there are no statements that because someone is a particular race, they can not do this
As a result of these experiences and observations, part of our mission is to inspire, engage, encourage and empower all young kids to participate in STEAM programs, which we do through our participation in FIRST. Our vision is that if we are successful, while kids are young, then robotics becomes a normal part of life, this, hopefully will lead us to a future where perceptions are changed and those statements no longer exist such that diversity and inclusion ideas are embraced and become the norm.
OUR PARTICIPATION IN FIRST
Our participation in FIRST, allows team members and others to realize that FIRST is "More than Robots" it's the tool we use to create more interests in STEAM programs and fulfill our mission statement to change people's perception about who and what types of people can participate in robotics and other areas of STEAM. This is evidenced by our community service and outreach programs, our awareness campaigns, our mentorships and partnerships with other like minded individuals and organizations that are committed to exposing as may kids to robotics as possible, with a focus on inspiring, engaging, encouraging and empowering young kids and underrepresented groups like girls, minorities and differently abled individuals to join. We hope that
P.S. That's me on the far right, with the bead necklace, holding the Rubiks Cube, at the 2014-2015 World Championships! I volunteered to help out our brother FLL team, as the pit crew for the Technic Terminators, Team 11415...I was only in 4th grade and had completed my first year on team EPIC, FLL team 11416. Surprised and Excited to see my face on FIRST website!
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2016-2017 Season"Velocity Vortex" World Festival, St. Louis, MOApril 25 - 30th, 2017
CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT2/18/17
ASD Determined Tigers Qualifier 2/4/17 2nd Place Winner, Inspire Award CT Mountain Matchup Qualifier 12/4/16 First Selection, Semi-Final Alliance Winner, Connect Award
2015-2016 Season"Res-Q" CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT 3/18/16 First Selection, Semi-Final Alliance Winner, Motivate Award Finalist, Rockwell Collins Innovate Award CT Mountain Matchup Qualifier, Ridgefield CT 11/21/15 Finalist, Control Award
2014-2015 Season"Cascade Effect" CT FTC Battle at the Beach State Championships, Westport, CT 3/7/16 First Selection, Final Alliance Gator Bowl Qualier, Greenwich CT 2/21/15 Captain, Semi-Final Alliance Finalist, Connect Award
LC Shakedown, Loomis, CT 2/7/15 Winner, Control Award