Thousands of Utah kids compete in LEGO Robotics Tournaments

Wednesday , January 14, 2015 - 6:08 PM

Standard Examiner Staff

Middle school students from Weber and Davis county are competing in Utah FIRST LEGO League tournaments hoping to qualify for the state championship at the University of Utah on Jan. 31. 

“The students that compete in FIRST LEGO League are our future inventors, scientists and business leaders,” says Anne Bastien, the Utah operational partner for FIRST LEGO League and a program manager at the Lassonde Entrepreneur Institute. “Through this program, they learn how to solve challenging real-world problems using creativity and teamwork. They also gain the motivation to pursue a meaningful education and career path.”

During each of the championship and qualifying tournaments, the center stage consists of teams taking turns running their robots through a variety of challenges on thematic playing fields. But the robots are only part of the FLL events. The teams also compete for robot design, innovation project presentation and “Core Values” awards. FLL “Core Values” include “what we learn is more important than what we win” and “gracious professionalism.”

This year’s theme of World Class allows students to explore the future of learning. Students work on teams to redesign how we gather knowledge and skills in the 21st century. Teams then teach adults about the ways that kids need and want to learn. Each team prepares an innovative solution and presents it at the competitions.

Learn more at www.utfll.utah.edu. Detailed tournament information can be found at www.utfll.utah.edu/tournament-information.

Championship tournament:

Saturday, Jan. 31

University of Utah, Student Union, 200 Central Campus Dr., Salt Lake City, UT 

8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Public welcome

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