Several of the FLL groups who worked have connected with ISU faculty have been recognized for their efforts by placing highly at regional and state competitions.
The Michigan 5th grade class of Chris McAuliffe placed first at regional, thus moving on to the state competition. At state, they placed First in Teamwork, Third in Research, and 10th in Robot. Congratulations Mr. McAuliffe and Students! They conducted a skit in which one of the students portrayed Dr. Catherine Strohbehn, HRIM Extension Specialist at ISU who had advised and collaborated with the class on sack lunch holding temperature trials.
ISU alum John and Janelle Rohrbaugh visited ISU campus from their home in Colorado with sons and FLL team members David and Joshua. John is coach of the boys’ Green Bean Team which created a Thermo-Red infrared heat radiation device from an infrared camera, a small computer, and facial recognition software. The Green Bean Team qualified for the Colorado state competition.
An Iowa team from Des Moines presented their skit about personal hygiene practices of retail foodservice employees to the students in ISU’s Hospitality and Sanitation Course taught by Dr. Lakshman Rajagopal. College students provided feedback and suggestions to this FLL Team on their skit “FCSI – Food Contamination Scene Investigators”. The Team succeeded at the regional competition and qualified for the State event in Iowa to be held in January.
Congratulations to these students, their coaches and parents. Thank you to the First Lego League Theme Selection Committee for identifying food safety as the focus of this year’s competition. Many minds using science and technology to address issues related to food safety from farm to fork is a good thing!