Arnold Air Force Base gears up for First Lego League Program 2017


Arnold AFB STEM gears up for FIRST® LEGO® League Program 2017

With the beginning of the new school year, students begin to form and register their FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League teams and prepare for competition.
Each FLL® team will build a robot in accordance with their assigned themes and strategize how to move up through the competition.
The FIRST Program has four leagues: FIRST LEGO League Jr., FIRST LEGO League, FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) and FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC). Each league is comprised of specific age groups, which allows children to progress into the other leagues as each year of competition goes by.
The 2017 themes are: FLL Jr. is Aqua Adventure, FLL is Hydro Dynamics, FTC is Relic Recovery and FRC is Steam Works.
The Arnold Air Force Base Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics program is currently sponsoring 31 FIRST Program teams from schools across the Middle Tennessee region.
Many of the team’s mentors and coaches are AEDC team members.
The program isn’t just about building robots, it is about challenging students intellectually, teaching them leadership skills and inspiring creativity and inspiration to think outside the box.
The FIRST Program teaches participants its core values, which are built around sportsmanship and teamwork. According to LEGO League website, the FIRST LEGO League Core Values are:
We are a team.
We do the work to find solutions with guidance from our coaches and mentors.
We know our coaches and mentors don’t have all the answers; we learn together.
We honor the spirit of friendly competition.
What we discover is more important than what we win.
We share our experiences with others.
We display Gracious Professionalism® and Coopertition® in everything we do.
We have FUN!
To create a team or register a team, contact the Arnold AFB STEM coordinator at (931) 454-7086.
To learn more about FIRST LEGO League, visit

Caption for photo #161217-F-ZS716-001: Sean O’Gorman and Jamison Norton (left to right at table), on the LegoTronics team from East Middle School, Tullahoma, prepare their team’s robot to complete a FIRST® LEGO® League mission. Twenty-seven teams gathered at Tullahoma High School Dec. 17, 2016, to compete in the FLL Regional Qualifier Tournament. (U.S. Air Force photo/Holly Peterson)

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AEDC Mission: Conduct developmental test and evaluation for the nation through modeling, simulation, ground and flight test.

Arnold Engineering Development Complex (AEDC) was dedicated in June 1951 by President Harry Truman and named after 5-star General of the Air Force Henry ‘Hap’ Arnold, visionary leader of the Army Air Forces in World War II and the only airman to hold 5-Star rank. This Complex has a replacement value of $11.39 billion for 66 test cells located at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., and the Complex’s remote operating locations – the Hypervelocity Wind Tunnel 9 at the Federal Research Center in White Oak, Md.; the National Full-Scale Aerodynamics Complex (NFAC) located at Ames Research Center, Calif; the 704th Test Group located at Holloman AFB, New Mexico, Kirtland AFB, NM and Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; the Hypersonic Combined Test Force (CTF) at Edwards AFB, Calif.; and the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin AFB, Fla.

Virtually every high performance flight system in use by the Department of Defense today and all NASA manned spacecraft have been tested in AEDC’s facilities. Today AEDC is testing the next generation of aircraft and space systems. For more information about AEDC, visit the Complex’s website at

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