The official announcement is here!
The Lynchburg Regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Tournament will be held Saturday, November 10, 2012 at Timberlake Christian School from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Sponsored and organized by the Future Focus Foundation of the Region 2000 Technology Council, the event will feature twenty-eight FLL teams that have been conducting meetings for several months to prepare for the Expo event. This year’s theme, “Senior Solutions” has teams learning about the aging population and ways to improve their quality of life by keeping them independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. Teams compete in a variety of judged events the day of the tournament including: robot performance, project and presentation, core values (teamwork), and robot design.
“FIRST LEGO League not only encourages STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) pursuits, but it teaches “real world” skills,” said Future Focus Foundation Director Elizabeth Narehood. “Students learn “soft skills” such as teamwork, leadership and time management. We would like to thank our Tournament sponsors – AREVA, Wells Fargo, Columbia Gas of Virginia, and Central Virginia Community College for their commitment to a workforce development program that is critical for sparking innovation in our region’s youth.”
The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it 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 life and work readiness skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting, but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.
Saturday’s FLL Tournament Schedule:
9 a.m. Opening Ceremony
9:30 a.m. Competitions Begin
2:15 p.m. Parade of Teams
3 p.m. Closing