As part of Corsec Cares, Corsec’s CEO, Matthew Appler, teamed up with FIRST Lego League (FLL), a local organization to help students expand their engineering enthusiasm and find solutions to real word issues. FLL is a robotics competition for elementary and middle school aged children that runs nationwide every fall. Teams from Washington DC and Virginia compete together in regional competitions, with the best teams qualifying for a state competition held at James Madison University.
In the spring, Mr. Appler spent time with the team from Walker-Jones to help the students design and build all of their robots including each of the robotic attachments used to perform robot missions. He was one of two adult coaches to help students research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, and develop a solution. The students then designed, built, and programed a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, and competed on a table-top playing field.”The children I met with are bright, promising students with an interest and passion for robotics and technology” said Mr. Appler.
“Founded in 1989 and based in Manchester, NH, FIRST is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit public charity designed to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, and to motivate them to pursue education and career opportunities in STEM fields. The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”