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Robotics Team Hosts FLL Tournament

Ballston Spa High School’s FIRST Robotics Team 3044 will be hosting a Hudson Valley FLL Qualifying tournament from 9am-3pm on December 14, 2019.  There will be nine FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams representing area schools competing in the tournament.  The top teams have the opportunity to advance on to a Championship Tournament at Dutchess Community College on February 8, 2020.

This year's FLL challenge, City Shaper, requires students to design a LEGO robot that can be programmed to operate independently on the competition table and accomplish several space related tasks. The teams will be judged based on the robot’s performance, design, core values and on a project.   The theme of this year’s project asks students to think like architects, engineers and construction workers to identify a problem with a building or public space in their community and design a solution to the problem.

Through the donations of corporate sponsors, the Ballston Spa Central School District has fielded five FLL teams for the 2019 season.  Teams from Gordon Creek Elementary, Milton Terrace Elementary, Wood Road Elementary and the Ballston Spa Middle School will be participating in the competition. 

The tournament is funded by Hudson Valley FLL, Dutchess Community College and their Foundation, IBM, and NY Tech Valley FIRST.  FIRST programs are growing in New York Tech Valley as a result of the overwhelming support of industry sponsors to engage more students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and develop the needed workforce to support their businesses.  Sponsors for New York Tech Valley include GLOBALFOUNDRIES, GE, ASML, National Grid, KLA-Tencor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Lam Research, Applied Materials, AMD, Turner Construction, SCREEN USA, nfrastructure, Edwards, Regeneron, Pickett Family Foundation, Acumetra, Tokyo Electron and Westerwood Global.

Additional information is available at or contact Ballston Spa K-12 Science Coordinator Diane Irwin at or at the High School by calling 884-7150.

Ballston Spa Schools to Host Qualifying FLL Tournament.- Saratoga TODAY Newspaper

Ballston Spa schools to host FLL qualifying tournament - The Saratogian

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