VAE signs to sponsor Herndon Robotics

FIRST LEGO LeagueVAE, Inc. has signed up to sponsor Herndon Elementary School’s FIRST LEGO Robotics program. VAE supports the principles put forward by FIRST that robotics programs can be key differentiators in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education for our children. Robotics in education helps increase passion for science and technology by engaging students early with practical hands on science and math, preparing our children for the future. VAE is proud to coach and mentor this next generation of young minds and help inspire their excitement, creativity and love of science and engineering.

About FIRST LEGO Robotics

The non-profit organization, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), sponsors international robotics tournaments to engage students in scientific research and hands-on robotics design, with an emphasis on real-world problems.

Every September, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge has two parts: the Robot Game and the Project. Teams of up to ten children, with one adult coach, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game) and developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project). Teams may then choose to attend an official tournament, hosted by one of our Operational Partners.

Past Challenges have been based on topics such as nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, transportation and biomedical engineering. By designing our Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic, in addition to solidifying the STEM principles that naturally come from participating in a robotics program. Team members also learn valuable life and employment skills which will benefit them no matter which career path they choose.

For more information, check out these resources:

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology)
Carnegie Mellon Robotics Academy
NASA Robotics Alliance Project
LEGO Mindstorms Education NXT Set

About VAE, Inc.

VAE, Inc. is an information technology (IT) services provider, delivering exceptional infrastructure solutions using proven methodologies with extremely talented employees. Headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, VAE is a woman-owned 8(a), small, disadvantaged IT Services Firm with strong qualifications and expertise in Program Management, Infrastructure Solutions, Strategic Planning, Enterprise Architecture and IT Business Process Consulting.

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