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The Junior Robotics League - Inspiring Young Minds

The Junior Robotics League - Inspiring Young Minds

August 9, 2014 

Team Driven celebrates the growth of the 
Junior Robotics League program through 
the expansion to two playing fields at the 
competition on November 23rd, 2013
Photo by Christopher Crance

By: Robin Koogler

The Junior Robotics League has experienced great success in the past and anxiously awaits the opportunity to make an impact in the upcoming 2014 season.  Hosted by Lee’s Summit High School’s FIRST Robotics Competition team, Team Driven 1730, the Junior Robotics League has grown significantly since its inauguration in 2008. Team Driven has been able to reach hundreds of young minds across several different communities with the purpose of inspiring students in Kindergarten through 8th grade to consider and explore the fields of engineering, science, and technology while teaching skills in problem solving, creativity, and teamwork. Through this program students learn to overcome challenges, make strategic choices, and put their brains to work to bring their innovative ideas to life.  

The Junior Robotics League begins with a kick-off event where a game, unique to the season, is revealed.  Working in teams of 2 to 6, participants then have six weeks to field a VEX robot that can effectively play the game.  Teams are given the opportunity to work alongside Team Driven members twice a week during this period, these are known as workshops. This allows teams to receive assistance as well as obtain insight into the high school robotics program and related avenues available to students as they progress through secondary schooling and on.  The season concludes with a two day competition.  During the competition teams will play matches on two team alliances as well as vie for judged awards.  In addition to the Grand Champion and Finalist awards, teams can compete for other awards like Creativity in Design and Team Spirit.  All of these aspects allow for the Junior Robotics League to provide real world experiences and life skills to all of its participants, many of which are exclusive to the program.

40 teams participated in the Junior Robotics League in 2013 and Team Driven aims to make an even larger impact this year!  By inspiring the minds of young generations we hope to provide them with the tools they need to become successful leaders and entrepreneurs in the future.

Registration for the 2014 season is now open! 

Important dates include:
Informational Parent Meeting - September 20th, 2014
Registration Deadline - September 22nd, 2014
League Kick-off - October 11th, 2014
Competition - November 21st and 22nd, 2014
All events will take place at Lee’s Summit High School.

For more information and to register please visit our website: jrl.teamdriven.us or contact our director at jrlprogram.director@gmail.com!

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