It’s not kid’s play; it’s serious LEGO competition

November 12, 2013

Education

A children’s toy will take center stage in Vicksburg this weekend during a new statewide building competition.

Teams of Mississippi students, ages 9-14, will compete in the Inaugural 2013 FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League tournament on Nov.16 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an annual high-energy robotics competition. The focus is on celebrating science and technology through hands-on participation and learning. In partnership with the LEGO Group, students use the MINDSTORM system to build robots designed to complete tasks related to the competition theme.

In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY Challenge, students will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.

The competition is open to the public and there is no admission fee. Teams will spend the morning in judging sessions focused on a research project, robot design and teamwork. The robotics competition begins with an opening ceremony at about 1 p.m. Teams will participate in three rounds of robot competition. Winners and awards will be announced during an afternoon closing ceremony.

For more information, contact Eddie Melton at (601) 529-5499 or email eddie@456robotics.org.

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