Each year FIRST LEGO League releases a challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Teams of up to ten children, with at least one adult coach, participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. First Lego League are tomorrow’s innovators practicing imaginative thinking and teamwork. They research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology, then compete on a table-top playing field. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges.We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!In the 2015 FIRST LEGO League TRASH TREK challenge, more than 233,000 children ages 9 to 16 from over 80 countries to explore the fascinating world of trash. From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.Randy’s had several teams visit us this past summer 2015. The JP2 Rockslides team from Zimmerman, Corcoran, and Rogers www.shercofirst.org/jp2-rockslides/ a solution to a problem Randy’s Material Recovery Facility (MRF) encounters. It seems in their research and quest, Randy’s is not the only facility who was looking for a solution. We give credit to a product they developed to help our employees properly identify the contents of a sealed and non-transparent bag of shredded paper. We appreciate their effort and would encourage the use of this sealing tape. If you wish to purchase you may go to their website. www.ShreddedPaperTape.com.

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