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STLCC-Florissant Valley Hosts FIRST® Robotics Weekend

November 28, 2012

LEGO League event  
STLCC-Florissant Valley will be the site for the FIRST Tech Challenge and LEGO League
robotics competitions Dec. 8-9.














St Louis Community College-Florissant Valley continues to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs for kids of all ages. The weekend of Dec. 8-9 will see two major robotics events and more than 700 elementary, middle and high school students on campus.

The first of four qualifying events for FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) teams in Missouri will take place Dec. 8. Thirty-six teams of students in grades 7-12 will compete for a chance to advance to the Missouri FTC Championship at Missouri S&T on Feb. 23. This year’s game is called Ring It Up!℠. The game challenges teams to build and program robots to traverse a 12'x12' field while manipulating plastic rings into scoring positions on racks while avoiding their competitors. Teams have been working on the challenge since September and are eager to see how they perform.

The culmination of the FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) season for Eastern Missouri teams is slated for Dec. 9. More than 150 teams competed in the eight qualifying events offered in November. Now the 40 top teams will compete in the Eastern Missouri FLL Championship event. The teams will run their LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots on the competition table and present their research from the Senior Solutions℠ Challenge.

The events are free and open to the public. Activities will run 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. both days. The competitions will be in the gymnasium on campus, 3400 Pershall Road, and FIRST signs will point the way.

For more information about the programs, visit www.stlfirst.org.