Modeled after the FIRST LEGO LEAGUE annual challenge, the Berkshire Robotics Challenge is an opportunity for children from third to eighth grade (ages 8-14) to develop their science and computer skills while designing and programming a robot to complete a challenge. Students work in teams towards a competitive goal while learning problem-solving, teamwork, and sportsmanship.
Each year FIRST LEGO LEAGUE releases a new challenge to teams based on a real-world theme.
The 2023 Challenge theme is Super Powered. Teams will explore where energy comes from and how it is distributed, stored, and used - and then put their super-powered creativity to work to innovate for a better energy future.
The Challenge had three parts:
Step 1: Register your team with the Berkshire Robotics Challenge. Deadline is Saturday, October 8, 2022
Step 2: Register with FIRST LEGO LEAGUE. Deadline is Saturday, October 8, 2022
Step 3: Complete the USFIRST coaches screening process and the Massachusetts CORI process. Follow the USFIRST screening process at the time of registration. More information on the Massachusetts CORI process will be forthcoming.
First Lego Leage registration fee: $250
Challenge robot set: $450 (only needed for teams new to the Challenge)
Super Powered Challenge set: $95
Total cost for a new team: $795
Suggestions for raising the money:
Challenge Day will be held in March 2023. Specific date and location TBD. A more detailed timeline, including coaches meetings will be posted shortly.
Congratulations to all the teams that participated in this year's challenge! Prizes were awarded in multiple categories: