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Berkshire Robotics Challenge

Welcome to the 2024 Berkshire Robotics Challenge!

Date:  Saturday, March 16, 2024

(snow date is Sunday, March 17, 2024)

New Location!

Wahconah Regional High School

Dalton, MA

MASTERPEICE, the theme of the 2024 First Lego League challenge, shines a spotlight on the role STEM plays in the arts and empowering young people to design and build a world of endless possibilities. The future is a place you will create.

Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) - Robotics Challenge

2023 Berkshire Robotics Challenge

March 18, 2023

Modeled after the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE annual challenge, the Berkshire Robotics Challenge is an opportunity for students from 3rd to 8th grade (ages 8-14) to develop their science and computer skills while designing and programming a robot to complete a set of challenges.  Students engage in hands-on STEAM experiences, building habits of learning, confidence, and teamwork skills along the way.

Robot Design and Game

Build and program an autonomous LEGO robot

The Challenge has Three Parts:

Innovation Project

Teams learn more about the science behind the Super Powered Challenge and design a solution to a real-world problem

Core Values

These are part of what makes FIRST LEGO LEAGUE so special, because kids compete like crazy but respect their teamates, Coashes, and their competitiors - and they have FUN!

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2023 Berkshire Robotics Challenge

  • Challenge Champions:  Robotic Wyverns, Lanesborough Elementary

  • First Runnerup: The 12 Robotsles, St. Mary's School

  • Sportsmanship Award: Robotics Cubs, Capeless Elementary

  • Team Spirit Award: Reid RED Robots, Reid Middle School

  • Most Innovative Design: Robotic Wyverns, Lanesborough Elementary

  • Best Programming: BART-Botics, BART Charter School

  • Comeback Kids: The BIC-O-NATORS, Berkshire Innovation Center

  • Best Research Project: Lee RoboWildcats, Lee Elementary

Challenge Awards:

Robotics: 23 Years of STEM Inspiration

by Tim Butterworth and Denise Johns

Berkshire Business Journal

March 2023

Robotics:  23 year of STEM Inspiration

by Denise Johns and Tim Butterworth

Berkshire Business Journal

March 2023

Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) - Robotics Challenge
 - Robotics Challenge
Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC) - Robotics Challenge

2022 Berkshire Robotics Challenge

Challenge Awards:

  • Challenge Champion:  The Husky 4, Herberg Middle School

  • First Runnerup:  The Raging Riots, St. Mary's School

  • Sportsmanship Award:  St. Agnes Angels, St. Agnes Academy

  • Team Spirit Award:  Conte Mechanics, Conte Community School

  • Most Innovative Design:  The Husky 4, Herberg Middle School

  • Best Programming:  BART-Botics, BART Charter School

  • Best Research Project:  Lee RoboWildcats, Lee Elementary School

  • Comeback Kids:  Lee RoboWildcats, Lee Elementary School

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Miscellaneous

Team size is limited to 10 kids

Each teams needs a coach and an alternate coach

Support for the coaches is available from the BRC committee, other experienced local coaches, the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE website and a coaches' chatroom.

Specific details of the challenge are contained in the challenge manual.

Contact Denise Johns at denise@the-bic.org with any questions or for more information.

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