Senior Solutions: Build and Program A RobotWith The Great Salt Bay School Lego’s Robotics Team

Community Happenings
Jan 10, 2013
3:15 PM

Answering seniors’ needs, members of the Great Salt Bay School  2013 Lego Robotics team will teach seniors how to build and program the robots they designed as part of this year’s First Lego League Challenge to make life easier as community members grow older. The program will start on January 10 at 3:15 p.m. at Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, 521 Main Street in Damariscotta. This year’s GSBS Lego Robotics team, under the guidance of their project coordinator and teacher Deborah Walder will demonstrate how their Senior Solutions Lego robot was created. On January 24 at 3:15 p.m. the students will demonstrate what the Lego robots they created the week before can be programmed to do.

The Lego Robotics League Team from Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta joined over 500 other Maine elementary school students who took part in the 13th annual Maine FIRST Lego League Championships, which were held at the Augusta Civic Center on December 8, 2012. The FLL Challenge has 3 parts - the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. The Robot Game and Project are what teams do, and the Core Values guide teams through the experience.

This year's theme, "Senior Solutions”, focused on solving problems people might have as they age. In addition to competing in designing, building and programming robots to simulate tasks, the participants, ages 9-14, also interviewed senior citizens and set about coming up with a solution to a problem they faced. 

Great Salt Bay’s team visited Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center on October 2.  A group of community members, whose ages ranged from 60 to 80 years, responded to students’ questions about individual backgrounds, technology and what this group of seniors thought they needed in order to be able to age in place.  The results of their efforts and creativity in response to the information provided will be unveiled at the Coastal Center on January 10 and 24, 2013. Be part of the solution join the GSB Lego Robotics’ team at 3:15 pm each Thursday and learn how to create and program your own “Senior Solutions” robot. 

Don’t miss out on the opportunity to discover how well local students responded to this year’s challenge “Can FIRST® LEGO® League teams improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities”? To register call 563-1363.