Bring the whole family to an exciting robotics competition where all of the competitors are kids – you’ll be amazed at what they (and their robots) can do. Hosted by the UNCA Mechatronics Engineering Department, the first ever Asheville-based official FIRST® LEGO® League Robotics Tournament will be held Saturday, November 19, 2011 from noon-5 p.m. at the UNCA Justice Athletic Center. Admission is free.
Twenty-three teams from western North Carolina, including six from Asheville, and one Buncombe County 4-H team, will compete in a series of robotics challenges and present their research on this year’s theme: Food Factor. Each team is made up of 9-14 year olds in elementary or middle school. There will also be demonstrations by students from the UNCA Mechatronics Engineering program.
Since the first of September, 4-H volunteers James Judd and Gerald Wilson have been working with the “Robots R Us” 4-H team members to construct and program their robot, develop a creative presentation about food safety, and build team spirit. The team consists of 4-H members from several 4-H clubs in Buncombe County. Although there are many volunteers supporting the team, the 4-H members are responsible for ALL of the work.
According to event organizer, Neil Rosenberg, “FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) introduces young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and valuable employment and life skills. FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.” FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) encourages children to design, construct, and program their own intelligent inventions. This allows them not only to understand technology, but to become masters of it. Alongside adult Mentors, FLL teams solve problems using engineering concepts, presentation techniques, and robots.
We would like to invite all of our 4-H families out to the competition to help cheer on the 4-H team. This is also a great way to learn more about robotics in case you are interested in starting up your own 4-H club team. For event details, directions, and contact links, visit www.rocwnc.org. For information about FIRST® LEGO® League, visit www.usfirst.org.