March ArtTalk: Lego League Robotics inspire creativity and problem solving

Join us on Thursday, March 10 at 7pm at the Harlow Gallery in downtown Hallowell. First Lego League Maine State Champions from Farmington (Grace and Ben Andrews, Mitch Guillaume, Alex Morrell, Nicole Pires and Dylan Roberts, ages 10 through 13) will present “SMOKEBUSTERS”, a skit on biomedical technology and teen smoking and will demonstrate their Lego League robot. Suggested donation is $3 at the door. The Harlow’s 2011 ArtTalk series is sponsored by Savings Bank of Maine.

Art is about innovation and creative problem solving. First Lego League encourages creative thinking as students combine art, science, technology in designing and programming robotic creations to achieve specific objectives. Students participating in Lego League are challenged to invent unique solutions to current world issues. The Farmington group created Smokebusters in response to this year’s theme of Biomedical Technology. The Farmington First Lego League team had to research a subject related to the body and create a Lego robot that would perform a maximum of 12 missions.
Their Smokebusters project addresses the function of the lung, teenage smoking, and biomedical work being done to repair damaged lungs. The students worked together to create an effective way to talk with kids and adults about the hazards of smoking and its affect on the lung; and to come up with possible solutions to prevent teen smoking and to repair lung damage. The team will also demonstrate their Logo League robot that participated in a statewide competition organized by Maine Robotics last December at the Augusta Civic Center.

The Farmington students have been invited to compete on a national level at an upcoming open competition in LegoLand, located in San Diego, California. They are currently collecting donations to support the team’s travel expenses. Contributions can be sent to the SMOKEBUSTERS, Franklin Savings Bank, 197 Main Street, PO Box 825, Farmington, ME 04938-0825. For more information on the donating, please contact Ellen Roberts,