First Lego League Team Sponsored by Scrum Alliance in Virginia
For Immediate Release:
11/5/2014 12:00:00 AM
Scrum Alliance, the largest, most established and influential professional membership organization and certifying body in the Agile community, is proud to sponsor Richmond, Virginia’s FIRST LEGO League Team 1909 as a way to support children in local communities embracing and using Scrum.
“We were so excited to support this fun event to help teach kids about Scrum and how effective it can be for them to use while working in teams. Team 1909 used Scrum principles to create and build the Lego robot they have been working on for months. It will be fun to watch them use their creation in competition later this month,” said Scrum Alliance Managing Director Carol McEwan. “I have seen how using Scrum can inspire kids to do things far beyond the limits they set for themselves. By sponsoring this team, we hope to inspire another set of up and coming leaders.”
Since it was created in 1998, FIRST LEGO League (FLL) has been engaging children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology. Teams are encouraged to research, build, and experiment and, by doing so, live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles, while gaining confidence in their abilities to positively use technology.
Certified Scrum Trainer and Team Spokesperson Michael Vizdos said, “The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say it’s a robotics program for 9 to 16 year-olds, designed to get children excited about science and technology. The team works together, programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score
points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FIRST LEGO League Core Values. And the kids do all the work with guidance from two awesome team coaches, parent involvement, and local
mentors! It’s really great to see.”
“We are always looking for new ways to support Scrum in the communities we serve, and this Lego team is an example of that,” said McEwan. “Teaching kids about using Scrum and seeing them put it to use in competitions like this is another way Scrum Alliance is spreading the word about Agile in the world. Our kids are truly our future, and we want to influence them to work in a way that builds them up and supports their growth now and in the future.”