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LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT Robotics Collaborative on NASATalk

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2012 WV Tournament

Girl Scout Scrimmage, 11-23-12

2012 GEAR-Tech-21 Summer Camp

GEAR-Tech-21 Workshop, 5-20-12

2012 World Festival

Girls as NASA Robot Engineers, 4-14-12

Girls as NASA Robot Engineers, 3-17-12

2011 WV Tournament

2011 WaterBotics Camp

2011 Summer Camp

Girls as NASA Robot Engineers, 4-16-11

Girls as Robotics Engineers, 3-19-11

2010 WV Tournament

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2009 WV Tournament

2009 Summer Camp

2008 WV Tournament

2007 WV Tournament

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2006 Robotics Camp


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FIRST Lego League


Morgantown Youths Repeat as State Champs

MARS Rovers Shine at World Festival

2010—Rovers Take Tournament

2009—ROBO Warriors Win Another Title

2008—Morgantown Teams Sweep Top Spots at Robotics Championship



2012 Senior Solutions Challenge
Fairmont SCIENEERS Take Top Spot

They navigated painstakingly programmed LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT robots through a maze of missions and obstacles. They gave well-honed science presentations to dedicated volunteer judges. They offered solutions to challenges facing senior citizens using elaborate exhibits. They demonstrated what teamwork and professionalism look like. After a full day of competition hundreds of middle school students on 54 teams were named winners in 10 categories during the West Virginia FIRST® LEGO® League Tournament. The SCIENEERS of Fairmont earned the overall championship in the Senior Solutions challenge, the theme of the 2012 tournament. BrainStorm Robotics of Morgantown took second place. Both teams will now have the chance to represent West Virginia at a national tournament.

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Cummings Recognized for Robotics Work

Dr. Meri Cummings, lab manager and science resource teacher at the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University, received the Outstanding Commitment Award at the 2012 West Virginia FIRST LEGO League state robotics tournament held Dec. 8 in Fairmont.

The award was signed by inventor Dean Kamen, who founded FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. More than 48,000 children participate in FIRST LEGO League, a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Company.

Cummings served as West Virginia tournament director for seven years before finally stepping aside in 2012 to emcee the tournament. Under her leadership the tournament grew incredibly as she spreads the word on LEGO robotics through her work at the NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future program. Cummings writes a blog and manages four collaboratives on robotics on the NASATalk website operated by the Classroom of the Future.

The 2012 tournament saw 54 teams participate, the most ever.


Judge Meri

Dr. Meri Cummings, director of the annual West Virginia FIRST LEGO League tournaments served as a judge at the 2012 FLL World Festival. Meri shares some pictures and her experiences at this huge event that brought competitors from more than 45 countries.

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Artist's rendering of Mars rover Curiosity landing on Mars.

Curious About Curiosity?

Curiosity, NASA's newest, biggest, most instrument-loaded rover, landed on Mars in August. Visit the Mars Curiosity Rover collaborative on NASATalk to link to videos, images, and NASA mission pages. There are excellent descriptions of the instruments and some NXT and WebQuest badge-earning challenges. You can even receive tweets from Curiosity.

Tweetup Highlights Robotics Week

The NASA-sponsored Classroom of the Future turned to social media to involve people in National Robotics Week April 9-13. Dr. Meri Cummings, science resource teacher at the Center for Educational Technologies, coordinated a “Tweetup” via Twitter in which participants were guided to robotics activities each day. Cummings also moderated discussions and activities via the NASATalk website. For the week the Tweetup resulted in 62 followers from around the world.

2011 Tournament Worth Crowing About
Just Ask the Neon Noodles!



NASA Offers Free Robotics Course Online

Learn how to build and program LEGO MINDSTORM robots and use them to promote student engagement and conceptual understanding of math, science, and engineering. Explore robotics manipulators and end effectors like the ones NASA uses on the International Space Station, and integrate multiple sensors into your robot to allow for systematic control. Join your colleagues in the Grand Challenge to design, build, and program a robot to explore an environment and return with a sample for investigation. Check it out at the NASA Electronic Professional Development Network.


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