SDHS to host First LEGO League qualifying tourney

Robotics teams tackle the human water cycle
Nov 12, 2017

Searsport — Maine Robotics and the Midcoast MAINEiacs Robotics Team will stage the third annual Central Maine FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Qualifying Tournament at Searsport District High School Saturday, Nov. 18.

According to Tom Bickford, the state FLL coordinator and director of Maine Robotics, the program is an opportunity for Maine youth to learn about technology, programming, and science in general.

The tournament is part of an international program that runs in over 85 countries and has over 400,000 children participating this year. The program is a cross between a science fair and a robotics competition. Teams have to research and present about the year’s topic as well as build and program a LEGO robot to compete on the competition table.

This year’s topic is Hydro Dynamics and has teams looking at the human water cycle. Teams have to figure out better ways to get, use, filter, store, purify, recycle, and dispose of our water.

The competition runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Most of the robot action will be taking place starting at noon, but there will be concessions and a raffle going on all day, as well as robot demonstrations by the Midcoast MAINEiacs Robotics Team and more information about how to get started with a FIRST LEGO League team. Proceeds from the concessions and raffle will benefit the Midcoast MAINEiacs.

This day-long program is one of three such tournaments happening in the state  this weekend, and will feature about 16 teams from the Central and Eastern Maine region. The top teams from this event will be invited to attend the Maine State FLL Championship in Augusta Dec. 9.

For more information about the event, including volunteer and donor information, contact Geoff Cyr, event coordinator and lead mentor of the Midcoast MAINEiacs Robotics Team, at Cyr is technology integrator at Searsport Elementary School.

For more information about Maine Robotics, visit For information about Midcoast MAINEiacs, go to


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