Lewiston welcomes FIRST Lego Tournament | Events
The University of Idaho Extension 4-H System is partnering with FIRST to conduct the FIRST LEGO League Program throughout Idaho. This year’s FLL “Nature's Furyism” Challenge calls for teams of 9 to 14 year-old children to research and present their own creative solutions to natural disasters.
Teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO ® Mindstorms® NXT to solve a set of natural disaster missions, such as positioning an evacuation sign, clearing an airplane’s runway of debris, and delivering supplies.
The 160 teams then attend a tournament to celebrate, share, and compete with other teams in nine qualifying tournaments located throughout Idaho. Some of the teams from the qualifying tournaments will advance to the north Idaho State FLL Championship Tournament on January 11th at the University of Idaho in Moscow or the south Idaho State FLL Championship Tournament on January 25th in Twin Falls.
The Lewiston FLL Qualifying Tournament will host 13 teams from the region on Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at All Saints Catholic School. More than a hundred youth will celebrate their accomplishments, share their work, and compete for one of the eight slots to advance to the University of Idaho North State Championship in January. The robot game is free and open to the general public.
The Lewiston FLL Qualifying Tournament is being sponsored by Idaho ROKS (a UI Extension program) and the Nez Perce County Extension Office.
“FIRST LEGO League provides a fun and engaging experience for children around the world to become innovators and creative problem solvers on a very relevant and real topic,” said Jacob Kragh, President, LEGO Education. “Using a real-world issue to drive a process where children are in control empowers them with a chance to take what they learn and apply it to their own lives, not only during this Challenge, but also to their future adventures and endeavors.”
For the NATURE’S FURY Challenge, FLL collaborated with organizations such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the American Red Cross, National Weather Service, and other specialists to create a theme and challenge missions that reflect real-world issues.
Currently in its 16th year, FIRST LEGO League anticipates its largest season ever, with approximately 23,000 teams in more than 80 countries competing in hundreds of Qualifying Tournaments and Championship Tournaments.
About 230,000 children will compete to win honors and recognition. Teams will also have the opportunity to participate at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, to be held in conjunction with the FIRST Championship, April 23-26, 2014 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri.