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

November 17, 2011

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

The 2011 FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) will take place 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the gymnasium on campus, 3400 Pershall Road. More than 320 high schools students are expected to participate. The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) will take place 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, in the gymnasium. Approximately 350 elementary and middle-school students will participate in the 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 nearly 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.