2009 FLL Season Summary
The 2009-10 season of the FIRST LEGO League in Maryland drew to a wintry but fun close at the FLL Championship held January 30, 2010 at UMBC's Retriever Activities Center. Maryland FLL enjoyed its busiest year ever, experiencing more than 60% growth with more than 160 teams registered from all across the state. For the first time we added Qualifier Events at nine locations in December and January to narrow the field to the final 64 teams at the Championship. This season's theme was the Smart Move Challenge, based on tasks and projects about transportation.
Nearly 500 students age 9-14 converged for the Maryland FLL Championship, displaying Gracious Professionalism as they moved through the rounds of Technical Interviews, Project and Teamwork judging. The teams enjoyed three rounds of Robot Performance competition that was abbreviated only slightly by the heavier than forecast snow. A highlight of the day was one team ringing up a very rare perfect score of 400 points in the Robot Performance round. To accomplish this, the team and its robot had to perfectly execute nine missions with no deductions in two-and-a-half minutes. See the full list of competition winners and photos from the event.
Maryland's largest Jr.FLL Expo was also held at UMBC on January 30. More than 100 students age 6-9 from 30 teams brought their research projects and models, also based on the Smart Move Challenge. The kids put a lot of thought and effort into their projects, and it was delightful to hear them present at the Expo. Check out the photo highlights.
We gratefully acknowledge the leadership roles of FIRST's Maryland FLL Partner, UMBC, and key sponsor Northrop Grumman.