SMART Robotics Summer Camp 2016

WHAT: The SMART Robotics Summer Camp is hosted by the Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team (SMART.) Students in grades 4-8 will develop skills in designing, building, and programming robots through a variety of projects. Students will work in teams with High School SMART Team members as mentors. The program will be overseen by adult mentors, including SMMS LEGO League Advisor Rob Taylor and SMHS Technology Teacher Dan Lemieux. This year all students will have access to EV3 robotics kits and Ipads for programming and robot remote control. We are also planning a team competition where students will compete in an alliance against another group of robots. Alliance teams will need to work together to solve challenges that involve preprogrammed robot missions and missions where the students drive their robots using I pads!


Why: The program will help students develop skills in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). It will also be great preparation for students who want to participate in robotics competitions, such as LEGO League, in the future. Students attending Spruce Mountain Middle School planning to do LEGO League this year can get a start on their robot building and programming skills.


When: 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Monday August 22nd to Thursday August 25th


Where: Spruce Mountain Middle School


Who: Open to students entering grades 4-8 next fall. Space is limited and registration will close when the camp fills. Registrations are accepted on a first come, first served basis, so return your registration as soon as possible.


How: Return the attached registration form with the $50 registration fee. Proceeds from the camp will benefit SMART (the FIRST Robotics Team at Spruce Mountain High School.) Registrations should be returned to Rob Taylor at Spruce Mountain Middle School, 23 Community Dr. Jay ME 04239. Checks can be made payable to

“SMART Robotics”.


Questions? – Contact Rob Taylor @ 897-4319 or


Spruce Mountain Area Robotics Team Summer Camp

Registration Form



Student Name ___________________________________________________________


Address ________________________________________________________________


Age _________             Grade ________


Robotics Experience (Circle the one that best applies to you):


This is my first robotics experience.


I have a little experience with LEGO Mindstorm kits.


I am advanced and have done a lot with LEGO Mindstorm kits.


I built a robot that can attack a medieval castle. (J)


Parent Contact Information:


Parent Name: ____________________________________________________________


Email address: ___________________________________________________________


Home Phone: _________________ Cell Phone: _________________


The best # to reach you at during camp hours: __________________________________


Parents Permission:


I give permission for my child _______________________________________ to participate in the SMART Robotics Summer Camp. I understand I will need to provide transportation to and from Spruce Mountain Middle School each day and that my child should arrive between 9:15 and 9:30 am and needs to be picked up at 12:00 sharp. I also give permission for pictures of my child to be published in local news media and on the internet. I understand my child will be expected to be an active participant in the program and appropriate behavior will be expected.


_______________________________________                        ________________

Parent Signature                                                                        Date


Registration Fee:

Registration is $50 and should be included with this form. Make checks payable to “SMART Robotics”.


FIRST LEGO League (40 students) introduces Middle School students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.  Middle-school students get to:

  • Design, build, test and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS®
  • Apply real-world math and science concepts
  • Research challenges facing today’s scientists
  • Learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills
  • Participate in tournaments and celebrations

What FLL teams accomplish is nothing short of amazing. It’s fun. It’s exciting. The skills students learn will last a lifetime!


Livermore Falls Advertiser 01/28/2015, Page A01

Spruce Mountain LEGO League teams win awards at state competition

JAY — On Saturday December 13th, five teams from Spruce Mountain Middle School competed at the Maine State LEGO League Championships at the Augusta Civic Center. The competition featured student constructed LEGO robots competing on a 4 foot by 8 foot playing table, completing missions representing this years theme “World Class – Education In the 21stCentury.” Students were also judged on research projects, innovative solutions for improving education, teamwork, spirit, and core values. Seventy- two teams from across Maine took part in the competition, sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) and MaineRobotics.

The five teams from Spruce Mountain have been working diligently since the opening of school in September and were recognized for their efforts. “This Is Not Rocket Science”, whose members include Trevor Haynes, Hunter Quirrion, Caleb

Blanche, Dylan Gould, Drew Delaney, Owen Wilkins, Carter Mitchell, Isaac Pinard, and Jordan Blanche, created a robot that finished in 20thplace overall after qualifying runs, the second highest finish by a Spruce Mountain Team at the competition. “The Time Lords”, featuring team members Joni George, Kierra Dykeman, Lorelei Monroe, and Jordan Blais, impressed the judges with their teamwork and the way they interacted with opponents and judges, bringing home a first place trophy for Gracious Professionalism. Alecia Castonguay was also a member of the Time Lords team, but was not able to attend the competition.

“The Minions”, whose project examined how to improve schools by reducing bullying, earned a first place trophy in Project Research. The team had met with school counselor Catherine Siggens and Doug Saunders of the Franklin County Children’s Task Force to learn about the impact of bullying and how it can be prevented, as well as with Representative Paul Gilbert, who helped them understand Maine’s School Bullying Law, which was passed in 2012. The Minions robot finished in 22nd place after qualifying and the team includes Michael Jones, Melissa Bamford, Acacia Fournier, and Roni-Jo Morrison. Roni-Jo Morrison also won the “Rules Ace” award for her team by answering questions on the 30 page competition rule book.

Team “Infinity”, consisting of members Jared Holland, Hannah Burhoe, Orion Schwab, Cameron Menthe, Joel Soper, Abby Thurston, and Sarah Henderson, won a first place trophy for Innovative Solution. The team met with faculty from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology via an online webinar and discussed “The Radix Endeavor”, a mass multiplayer online game designed by the MIT Education Arcade to teach students about math and science. The team took inspiration from the Radix Endeavor’s use of constructivism and developed a board game for teaching survival skills, which the judges called “spot-on innovative.” Team member Abby Thurston was also able to share the team’s work with Radix Endeavor developer Susannah Gordon- Messer of MIT, who was in attendance at the Civic Center helping run events for the Maine Digital Festival.

Team “Oozma Kappa” designed, constructed, and programmed a robot that finished 6thoverall after qualifying runs, which qualified the team for the elimination finals. The robot proved to run consistently and reliably throughout the elimination rounds, defeating a number of robots that scored higher during qualifying, but could not put up scores as consistently. With team members Alana McDaniel and Jack Gilbert calmly doing the “driving” in a highly stressful environment and teammates Hallie Pike, Destiny Daigle, Jasper Butler, Garret Smith, Jonathan Brenner, and Chandler Pike leading enthusiastic cheers, the team won First Place in Robot Eliminations and was presented the First Place Inspiration Award. As part of the team’s research project, the team worked with music teacher Diane Fenlason and proposed that middle school students should learn to compose music and wrote an original musical composition, which they were given the oppo rtunity to perform for the crowd at the Civic Center prior to the elimination finals.

The LEGO robotics after school program also provided opportunities for students who wanted to learn to design, build, and program LEGO Robots, but did not feel ready for the rigors of the FIRST LEGO League competition. These students successfully built, tested, and improved robots and were a welcome addition to the program. They include Jayden Audette, Evany Black, Ian Salvati, Bryce McDonald, Sam Norris, Dan Nolan, Michael Pelton, Logan Harvell, and Travis McDonald. Member of Spruce Mountain High School FIRST RoboticsTeam #3930 served as highly valuable mentors to the middle school LEGO League program. Shane Riley, Bryan Riley, Shawn Lecowich, and Madison Lecowich were great role models for younger students and without their help, it would have been very difficult to meet the needs of the 50 middle school students who participated in some fashion throughout the season. Team #3930 member Cam Noll and Ben Nichols also made mentoring contributions throughout the season. Numerous members of Team #3930 volunteered to help at the state competition and Bryan Riley developed and help administer the Rules Ace test given to students.

The Spruce Mountain LEGO League Teams were mentored by teachers Rob Taylor, Jay Lindsey, and Dan Lemieux, as well as parents Joel Pike and Duane Fournier. 

The Time Lords consisting of Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Kierra Dykeman, Jordan Blaise, Lorelei Monroe, Joni George and coach Rob Taylor received first place for Gracious Professionalism.

 Team Infinity took first place for Innovative Solution. Pictured are: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Jared Holland, Orion Schwab, Joel Soper, Hannah Burhoe, Abby Thurston, Sara Henderson, Cameron Menthe and Rob Taylor.

Taking first place in Project Research were the Minions. Pictured with their coaches are: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Michael Jones, Roni-Jo Morrison, Acacia Fournier and Melissa Bamford.

Taking first place in Project Research were the Minions. Pictured with their coaches are: Joel Pike, Jay Lindsey, Michael Jones, Roni-Jo Morrison, Acacia Fournier and Melissa Bamford.

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