Shumaker & Sieffert was pleased to sponsor THE DOTS, a local team of middle school students, to travel to and compete in the 2018 Championship of the FIRST LEGO League, held in Detroit, MI.  The FIRST LEGO League is an international program in which teams of students research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. The teams must also must design, build, and program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, and then compete on a table-top playing field.  The program promotes STEM among students and trains the students to think like innovators.

At the 2018 Championship, THE DOTS were nominated for a Global Innovation Award as a result of their DripDrop app, an app-enabled water sensor that makes it fun to learn about personal water usage.