‘Lego Lambs’, robotics team formed by Pittsford students of ages between 9 and 14, has received sponsorship from the Golisano Institute for Sustainability for participating in the FIRST Lego League robotics contest.
Every year, the FIRST Lego League is hosted by RIT. Brian Hilton, Senior Staff Engineer at the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and Lego Lambs’ coach, has stated that the students develop and program their robot to perform all the required tasks. He mentioned that the contest helps students to be inventive without being panicky by the new field and it also develops creativity of students.
For the past three years Lego Lambs team and a couple of Pittsford teams have been funded by the Golisano Institute for Sustainability and RIT. The teams have received Lego robot kits and significant software updates from the institute.
Hilton has stated that he served as an instructor of Lego Lambs team for past four years and the team has won in the qualifying and regional FIRST contests for all these years. At the 2011 Finger Lakes Regional contest, the team bagged first prize in robot performance and was declared as the winner of Champion’s Trophy. The team also shared their ideas and strategies with two rookie teams.
The team is expecting to be chosen as a wild card entry for participating in the World Festival which will be held in St. Louis in April, 2011.