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First Lego League Championships at Roger Williams University

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

 

Primary colors and brainy warriors: the FIRST LEGO League Championship.

It's LEGO time, Rhode Island.

On January 14, hundreds of junior robotics scientists will take over Roger Williams University's Recreation Center for this year's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship competition. It's a day full of brightly-colored robots making their way through myriad challenges in the hands of RI's young programmers.

How the competition works

Each yearly Challenge has two parts: the Project and the Robot Game. The 2011-2012 season theme,  FOOD FACTOR, challenges teams to improve the quality of life by fighting food contamination. Working in teams of 3 to 10 children, and guided by at least one adult coach, teams have 8 to 12 weeks to:

  • Build an autonomous robot to carry out pre-designed missions in matches lasting 2 minutes and 30 seconds.
  • Trace the ingredients of their favorite food back to discover possible sources of contamination from farm to table.

January 14 is a culmination of the work that 56 RI teams have done all season, and runs much like a high-energy sporting event. Referees monitor and score the Robot Game, while judges review team presentations about their Food Factor project, robot design and programming.

The tournament is free and open to the public from 11am to 5pm.

FIRST LEGO League

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is a global program created to get children excited about science and technology. Students between the ages of 9 and 14 solve Challenges based on real world scientific problems. Students engage in research, problem solving, engineering and programming. Children who participate in FLL work in teams, develop communication skills, think creatively, and discover there is more than one solution to most problems. FLL is also known for its Core Values which emphasize friendly sportsmanship, respect for others and community involvement.

Last year's winner was S.M.A.R.T. from St. Mary's Academy Bay View in East Providence.

 

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