Last week, more than 250 students from schools in the city participated in a training competition at Ort Ironi Dalet High School, ahead of the FLL (First Lego League) regional competitions that will take place in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa. The competition was organized by the FTC team from the school that represented Modiin Maccabim Reut and Israel in two international competitions of the FIRT TECH CHALLENGE for high schools. The FIRST organization organizes robotics competitions between schools in countries around the world. The teams compete on creating robots and are judged on engineering and design as well as in depth research combined with contributing to the public welfare.
The idea to organize a training competition at Ort Ironi Dalet came about because the teams at Ort Ironi Dalet want to establish a strong community of FIRST in the city and to help teams prepare for the regional competition. The FTC team from Ort Ironi Dalet volunteers in other schools where they operate six FLL groups and one FLL JR group. This is the 14th year of the First Lego League robotics program in Israel with teams made up of up to 10 students, ages 9-15. This year, there are 31 teams in 24 schools in the city.
Students from 24 teams from the city tested their robots in "true" terms, presented the project to a panel of young judges, all with enthusiasm and a good atmosphere of respect and cooperation that characterize the FIRST program. The “Exodus” team dedicated the advanced competition to the memory of Rona Ramon. Miri Hogri of the Education Department opened the event, which was also attended by the directors of the FIRST LEGO League program in Israel, who noted the high level of the organization of the competition and taught the participants important points for the "real" competitions.