Junior Lego aficionados invade NAIT
WHAT: Hundreds of children, ages 10 to 14, will go head to head in a high level competition as they demonstrate what their hi-tech Lego-engineered robots can do. Teams use sensors, motors, gears and software to build and program their inventions.
This year’s theme is “Senior Solutions”. Teams will explore the issues that our senior citizens face. The students will improve and propose solutions that aim to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities.
Forty-five teams from across Alberta are taking part in the provincial FIRST Lego League Championship. They will be participating in four different areas: a research presentation, team values, the technical design of their robot, and their robot’s success in solving a set of challenges. The robot game portion of the day will take place from 12:00 – 3:00. The public is welcome to come by and see an amazing display of engineering and teamwork!
The tournament also features an exhibits area that will display a number of robots and adaptive technologies.
Saturday, January 19, 2013
NAIT Main Campus
8:30 am – Noon – H & E Wings - Technical judging and project judging
8:30 am – 4 pm – Common Market – Pit Area – Teams make last minute modifications to their designs
8:30 am – Noon – South Lobby – Junior Lego League competitors will have their inventions on display. Other robots will be on display here too
12:00 pm – 4 pm – Gym - Lego table top competition
4 pm – Gym – Winner announced
WHY: This is a high energy event with a lot of visuals. There is effect lighting and music in the gym during the table top competitions which creates a fun atmosphere. There are even referees on site wearing real referee shirts, which adds to the sports-like feel of the competition.
The first Lego League program is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds, which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. There are currently 200,000 teams in 70 countries participating.
For more information, please contact:
FLL Alberta Tournament Director
P: 780-399-2717 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Racheal Kennedy (Racheal will be reachable by cell all day Saturday)
NAIT Recruitment Events Coordinator C: 780-690-5924 E:email@example.com
Alberta Youth Robotics Society Director