Thu. Dec 7th, 2023
    The Intersection of STEM and Art: Exploring Creativity at the First Lego League Robotics Tournament

    JANESVILLE, Wis. (WKOW) — In a world where innovation and creativity go hand in hand, the Wisconsin First Lego League (FLL) Robotics Regional Tournament took center stage on Saturday, showcasing the limitless possibilities that STEM can contribute to the arts. With over 300 FLL teams from across the state, the competition aimed to inspire young minds to think outside the box and find solutions to real-world problems through the power of robotics and programming.

    Led by Computer Science Teacher Bob Getka, the tournament not only showcased the technical skills of the participants but also challenged them to identify a problem within the realm of arts and devise innovative solutions. As Bob Getka explained, “The kids have been working for about 2 months on programming and building a robot that does about 15 missions on the field. But the real essence of the competition lies in their ability to think creatively and come up with a problem and an idea to fix it.”

    This year’s theme, centered around art, pushed the boundaries of imagination. Students were tasked with demonstrating the profound influence that STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) can have on the arts. The participants embarked on a journey to uncover the endless ways in which technology and creativity can intersect, paving the way for groundbreaking advancements in artistic expression.

    The tournament not only provided a platform for budding young engineers and programmers to showcase their skills but also played a vital role in selecting the qualifiers for the highly anticipated state finals in February. Participants showcased their robot’s agility and performed various missions, all while embracing the spirit of collaboration, critical thinking, and problem-solving.

    From paintings created by robots to interactive installations merging traditional art forms with cutting-edge technology, the Wisconsin FLL Robotics Regional Tournament demonstrated the transformative power of STEM in shaping the future of the arts. These young minds are at the forefront of a new era, where creativity knows no bounds and technological innovation is a catalyst for artistic exploration.


    Q: What is FLL?
    A: FLL stands for First Lego League, an international robotics competition for young students.

    Q: What does STEM stand for?
    A: STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

    Q: How does the FLL tournament inspire creativity?
    A: The FLL tournament challenges participants to identify real-world problems within the realm of arts and devise innovative solutions using robotics and programming.