Connecting the Dots: Progression of Programs Team Support, Together

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"The Calm Before the Storm" an empty Robot Competition Area, featuring the HYDRO DYNAMICS(SM) Challenge Set, awaits student arrival for a lot of fun as they compete with their LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robots on the thematic playing surface.  Photo by Kim Walters.

"The Calm Before the Storm" an empty Robot Competition Area, featuring the HYDRO DYNAMICS(SM) Challenge Set, awaits student arrival for a lot of fun as they compete with their LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Robots on the thematic playing surface.  Photo by Kim Walters.

Students watch 3D printers create imitation LEGO Bricks. The trophies for the event, used to recognize teams with the strongest performance and achievement of the FIRST LEGO League Objectives, were also composed of 3D-printed bricks. Photo by Kim Walters.

Students watch 3D printers create imitation LEGO Bricks. The trophies for the event, used to recognize teams with the strongest performance and achievement of the FIRST LEGO League Objectives, were also composed of 3D-printed bricks. Photo by Kim Walters.

ORLANDO, FL - The Hi-5 Line is one of the most coveted elements of a FIRST® LEGO® League event. Celebrating a team's accomplishments and getting students excited about STEM is no easy feat so we incorporate elements like the Hi-5 line because we know one of the best ways to achieve these goals is by cultivating an environment full of fun—And no one knows FIRST fun like other participants and alumni of our programs. When you look at the Hi-5 line pictured, you'll note one thing: A whole lot of Gra-V Robotics Lime Green.

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Founded in 2015, FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 5816: Gra-V Robotics, is a team of over 30 (and counting) high school aged students who operate out of the Orange Technical College - Mid-Florida Campus.  The students, guided by numerous STEM professionals, are tasked annually with brainstorming, designing, programming, building, and testing a fully-functional robot within six weeks, in order to compete against other teams internationally. However, that's not the "big picture." What is? Fostering the ideologies of Gracious Professionalism® and supporting not just their own efforts and competition interests but those of the other FIRST Robotics Programs as well. For the 2017-18 Season, Gra-V Robotics will host 2 FIRST LEGO League Competitions and an additional 3 off-season or special events as well. Why? Because it's all about giving back and helping to propel the mission of FIRST forward. These students, through their participation in FIRST, are learning skills some adults take years to master. These "21st-century soft skills" (like Gracious Professionalism) teach students to compete like crazy but be respectful and kind in the process. Not to mention, they learn the value of teamwork, hard work, and helping others too.

About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

About The LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family, who founded it in 1932. The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children's creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

Media Contact
JT Yoerger
JT@CentralFloridaRobotics.org
+1 (833) 353-4778 x701

FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., HYDRO DYNAMICSSM and AQUA ADVENTURESM are jointly held trademarks of FIRST® (www.firstinspires.org) and the LEGO® Group. FIRST®, The FIRST® Logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, Gracious Professionalism®, and Coopertition® are registered trademarks of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). All used with special permission. In a partnership with Polk State College, Central Florida Robotics is the official operational partner responsible for administration of the FIRST® LEGO® League and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. programs in Central Florida.