As a technology solutions provider, we rely on highly skilled employees to ensure our software meets the increasingly complex demands of our customers. That is why we are committed to supporting local causes that increase interest in critical education initiatives, especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
Earlier this month, several of our employees volunteered as team coaches and referees as part of the FIRST LEGO League Qualifying Tournament held at Dixie State University (DSU). Guided by adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League teams research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. 47 teams, made up of more than 400 students ranging in ages from 9 to 16 participated in the event.
As part of the FIRST LEGO League's TRASH TREK Challenge, teams choose a real-world trash problem and present the solution to a panel of judges. Upon completion of the project, participants were tasked to build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS™ technology. The robot had to perform complex tasks like going to specific areas of the gaming table, pick up trash and then return to base to drop off the trash.
"This is my third year participating in the event as a referee," said Josh MacDonald, FIRST LEGO League DSU head referee and Account Development Manager at PrinterLogic. "The tournament not only inspires creativity and teamwork, but also a love for science, technology, engineering and math. Along with my colleagues at PrinterLogic, I look forward to continuing to work with local youth to promote critical, technology-related education issues."