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Robotics Lego competitors converge at NAIT this weekend

Published on January 18, 2017

36 teams from across Alberta expected to attend; winner qualifies for international championship

Hundreds of elementary and middle school students from across Alberta will go head-to-head in the FIRST Lego League Alberta Championship, hosted by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT). This year’s theme is Animal Allies.

Teams use sensors, motors, gears and software to build and program their robots in advance of the championship. Participants, who are between the ages of 9 and 14, will demonstrate what their Lego-engineered robots can do. The team that wins the Edmonton event earns an invitation to the 2017 FIRST Championship World Conference in Houston Texas, April 19-22.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a not-for-profit group that inspires young people to be science and technology leaders. The FLL is a robotics program that teaches kids valuable employment and life skills.

It is expected that the top 37 teams from across Alberta will take part in this year’s championship. They will be judged on their research presentation, team values, the technical design of their robot and their robot’s success in solving a set of challenges.

WHERE:
NAIT Main Campus
11762 106 St. NW
Edmonton, AB

WHEN:
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

8:30 a.m. - Opening ceremonies (Gym)
9:15 to 12 p.m. - Technical, core value and project judging (X, A, H & E Wings)
12 p.m. to 2 p.m. - Table top competition (Gym)
2:45 to 3:30 p.m. - Awards presentation (Gym)

Full-day activities
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Pit (Common Market)
9 a.m to 3:30 p.m. – Exhibits (South Lobby)

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