Chattanooga Robotics Team Invited To U.S. Open FLL Championship

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bricks in Black will compete with 70 First Lego League teams from across North America at the U.S. Open FLL Championship to be held at Legoland in Carlsbad, Ca., on May 16-18.

First Lego League’s Team Bricks in Black is a robotics team comprised of six home-schooled boys ranging in age from nine-14. In November and December, the team participated in the East Tennessee Regional Qualifier on Signal Mountain, and the East Tennessee Regional Tournament at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville Tn.

, placing first and second, respectively. In January, Bricks in Black received an invitation to represent the East Tennessee Region at the US Open Championship.            

First Lego League is an alliance between the First Organization and Lego with the mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.  This year’s challenge theme is “Nature’s Fury” where teams had to “discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play”. The teams are required to design, build, and program a robot using the Lego MINDSTORM or EV3 kits to complete a series of scored challenges on a 8’ X 4’ field.  Additionally, the teams must research a natural disaster-related problem in their community and develop a presentation on their findings, as well as participate in a teamwork challenge to demonstrate their understanding of FLL’s Core Values.

Priceless Pets Continues Saturday at the Walker County Animal Shelter

The Walker County Animal Shelter had 124 people visit the shelter and adopt 12 dogs and 14 cats on their first day of the free adoption promotion "Priceless Pets." "Among those adopted was the longest resident in the shelter, a dog that had been with us since December.  We still have plenty of dogs for the second day of our event, but will only have a few kittens," ... (click for more)

YMCA Mobile Fit: Food And Fun Meal Program Feeds Kids, Fuels Potential Throughout Southeast Tennessee And Northwest Georgia

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is offering the Summer Food and Fun Program with support from the Walmart Foundation to "help kids stay healthy, succeed in school, and reach their full potential."   "Combining educational and physical activity, the program keeps kids’ minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy breakfast and lunch to kids who may otherwise ... (click for more)

Reworked Miller Park, Connections To Cost Up To $8.4 Million

A reworked Miller Park with improved connections to Patten Parkway and MLK Boulevard will cost $7.6 million. With contingencies, the price tag is tabbed at $8.4 million. The city only had two bidders on the major downtown project. Thomas Brothers Construction had the low bid of $7,637,413. Dillard Construction was just behind at $7,768,113. The city lists the "total project ... (click for more)

Dionne Upton Named New Principal At Woodmore Elementary School

Hamilton County Department of Education Interim Superintendent Dr. Kirk Kelly announced Friday the appointment of Dionne Upton to serve as principal at Woodmore Elementary School. Ms. Upton has 21 years of experience as a teacher, instructional coach, and assistant principal.  Along with her various educational experiences, she has also participated in the Leadership Fellows ... (click for more)

Scrutinizing Defense And Other Public Spending Is Right Thing To Do

I saw in the news today where U.S. senators were investigating and scrutinizing an Army "debacle," which has already spent $6 billion on a communications system developed by a defense contractor (WIN-T) that is virtually ineffective in use.   This is on top of a recent Navy scandal (Fat Leonard Scandal) where several current and former Navy admirals were sentenced to prison ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Suicide Letter

Two weeks ago there were five suicides and a fatal drug overdose in the same Chattanooga community. That absolutely tears me up inside because I am assured almost every day there is a better answer. I make no secret I struggle with depression and it is real. I want others to see if I can get through the valleys to climb the mountain, they can too. I take medicine every day that ... (click for more)