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Venture Highlight: Robotics and Urban Design

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Dawn DuPriest will be starting her year off with a group of middle and upper school students in a Venture focused on FIRST LEGO League Robotics and Tech Challenges.

The theme of the competition this year is “City-Shaper”. In her usual high fashion, Dawn has already found a community partner for the Venture! The students will be working on a real-world problem of urban design with the City of Fort Collins Planning Department. They were really excited to participate. We live in such a great city!

While the venture will officially end in late October, the student teams will continue to meet during an intensive and after school until the competitions in November. Students will be building and programming robots that can perform all kinds of tasks related to building a strong, beautiful, sustainable city- and helping the city of Fort Collins with its plans for a better future. It’s a fantastic, real-world activity that builds student STEM knowledge, leadership, and problem solving skills.

Compass will support three FLL teams and Dawn is looking for three students who would like to be team captains. These team captains will meet with the Fort Collins City Planning Department to talk about projects that students can help with to kick off the Venture. The first meeting with the city is Wednesday, Aug. 21, so team captains will miss their afternoon Inquiry Project to take the MAX to meet with city planners downtown.

If you are interested in being an FLL Team Captain and beginning this work of helping plan a better City of Fort Collins, please fill out THIS SURVEY!

In addition, if you are an adult interested in volunteering at Compass to help our FLL teams with competitive robotics, please send an email to and let her know!