FLINT TWP. — Creativity and science will come together at the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) LEGO Fever II Tournament at Carman-Ainsworth Middle School, 1409 W. Maple Ave on Saturday, November 5.
Twenty-one teams of 9 to 11-year-old children and their coaches will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community.
This year’s FLL challenge theme is “Animal Allies” which calls for teams to research and present their own creative solutions to one of today’s most relevant topics: People and Animals Interactions. More than 267,000 children in approximately 80 countries will demonstrate the ways that people and animals interact. Examples include how people help animals and how animals help people Teams will develop their own innovative ways to help others understand the significant ways we can help each other and solve a problem(s) within today’s world.
Teams will have to program their LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a thematic playing surface. Missions will include pushing a lever to open a door to learning, moving an idea outside of the box, loading a model with knowledge and skill loops, and more.
Founded in 1989, FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) challenges are designed to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. The not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC ) for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) for Grades 4-8; and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL) for Grades K-3. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org. – R.S.