photo by Adriana M. Groisman
Do you have a LEGO lover in your home?
Then you’ve got make plans to bring them to the FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament next weekend – right here in Dallas!
The FLL competition pits 50 qualifying teams of young engineers-in-training against each other on a robotic obstacle course where the groups match wits with a coordinating research presentation. Teams build and program an autonomous robot using LEGO ® MINDSTORMStechnologyto score points in 2.5-minute mission matches on a food safety-themed playing field.
My son is going to love watching these kids in action!
Back in September 2011, hundreds of North Texas youths received this season's FIRST LEGO ® League (FLL) robotics competition theme “ Food Factor.
After months studying, dissecting and analyzing food safety “ from farming and harvest, to supply and distribution, to maintaining food freshness and quality “ the students will finally bring their plastic blocks and brains to the table for the fourth-annual North Texas FIRST LEGO ® League (FLL) Regional Championship Robotics Tournament.
She Is Dallas Info: The North Texas FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament will take place on Saturday, January 21, from 8:30 a.m. “ 5 p.m. at The Hockaday School, located at 11600 Welch Rd. in Dallas. The tournament is free and open to the public. The top team will advance to the World Festival in St. Louis, MO, on April 25 “ 28. For more information on the North Texas FIRST LEGO ® League (FLL), go to the Museum of Nature and Science website. You can Also follow the FIRST LEGO League blog, FIRST LEGO League Facebook, or FIRST LEGO League Twitter.
With a mission to inspire young people to be science andtechnologyleaders, FLL engages kids through exciting, mentor-based programs that build math, science andtechnologyskills. Aimed at an international audience of students, ages 9 through 14, the competition teaches real-world problem solving through engineering design and teamwork.
The FIRST LEGO ® League regional tournament is like a battle of the brains that's exciting, fast-paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat, said Stacey Bucklin, family and adult programs manager for the Museum of Nature & Science. There's a major focus on instilling good sportsmanship, teamwork, camaraderie and generosity to create overall positive experiences. Who knows, this year's Food Factor Challenge just might lay the groundwork for these young competitors to become food scientists, microbiologists, product developers or game changers in the food industry.
The Food Factor Challenge
This season's challenge was to investigate food and find one way to improve its safe delivery. Food begins to spoil from the moment it is harvested. An international competition, more than 200,000 youth from over 55 countries have explored food safety and examined the possible points of contamination “ from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage. In addition to creating an autonomous robot, eachteamhad to identify a food safety problem and develop an innovative solution for a research project.
January 21 tournament schedule:
8:30 – 9 a.m. Opening Ceremonies in Match Arena
9:15 a.m. – Noon Robot Competition (Penson Athletic Center) and judging (Middle School)
Noon – 1 p.m. Lunch
1 – 3:30 p.m. Robot Competition (Penson Athletic Center) and judging (Middle School)
3:30 – 4 p.m. Robot Competition elimination rounds, if necessary (Penson Athletic Center)
4:30 – 5 p.m. Closing Ceremony and Awards (Penson Athletic Center)
In 2008, the Museum of Nature & Science became the affiliate and operational partner for the North Texas FLL region. The Museum coordinates and oversees all North Texas FLL events, the largest of which is the Regional Championship Tournament typically held in January. FLL continues to grow in North Texas, from 25 teams in 2008 to 155 teams registered for the 2011 season.