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More than 600 Students Expected to Participate in Robotics Competition at STLCC-Florissant Valley

December 02, 2010

LEGO League competition  
More than 600 students are expected to partici-
pate in robotics competitions this weekend at
St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley.

The FIRST robotics season is drawing near and St. Louis Community College-Florissant Valley is gearing up for its annual competition this weekend.

The 2010 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is slated 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, in the gymnasium on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. More than 280 high schools students are expected to embark on this exciting endeavor.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) will take place 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec 5, also in the gymnasium. Approximately 350 elementary- and middle-school students will participate in this challenge.

FTC is designed for those who want to compete head-to-head, using a sports model. Teams of up to 10 students are responsible for designing, building and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as for well as for community outreach, design and other real-world accomplishments.

High school students get to design, build and program robots; apply real-world math and science concepts; develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills; compete and cooperate in alliances and tournaments; earn a place in the World Championship and qualify for close to $7 million in college scholarships.

FLL introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.

Elementary- and middle-school students get to design, build and program robots using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology; apply real-world math and science concepts; research challenges facing today’s scientists; learn critical thinking, team-building and presentation skills; and participate in tournaments and celebrations.

For more information,  call 314-513-4230.