LEGO tournament to be held in Versailles


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VERSAILLES — The very first Versailles FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Tournament will be held Nov. 21, 2015.

The robot competitions start at 12:30 p.m. and are open and free to the public. The venue for the day is the Board of Education Building (old high school gym) at 459 S. Center St., Versailles. Contact Christie Rindler at 937-564-1532 for more information.

Innovator’s Robotics FRC team number 3138, along with the Powerstacker’s, FTC team number 5029, will host 10 teams at this qualifying tournament.

Teams will travel from Toledo to southern Dayton, along with two new local teams from Coldwater and Russia. Approximately 30 percent of teams attending this event will advance to the Sylvania/BGSU District.

FIRST LEGO League is a collaboration between the LEGO Company and FIRST (an acronym that stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen that is committed to creating robotic competition programs that will excite and inspire children from Kindergarten through high school to excel in math and science.

FLL is a multi-disciplinary program that combines engineering, computer programming, problem-solving, researching, presenting and teamwork into an intense 8 week period. Teams of three to ten children, ages nine to 14, work to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks on a competition table in a 2.5 minute robot round.

Teams compete in a sports-like environment where spectators cheer their successes. Teams also meet with robot design judges, who evaluate their robot design, programming and their problem-solving strategies; Project Judges, who look at their research project, solution and outreach; and Core Values Judges, who evaluate how well the group functioned as a team and incorporated the values of FIRST.

More information can be located at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll or edoutreach.wpafb.af.mil/ohfll.html.

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