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Illinois FIRST® LEGO League “Senior Solutions” Robotics State Championship

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Illinois FIRST®  LEGO League Robotics State Championship brings student teams together to build and battle LEGO robots in the “Senior Solutions” challenge. Students have spent months planning and designing their robots to face off in a competition geared towards helping senior citizens complete everyday tasks. Eighty teams will apply engineering and science skills in a real life setting.


This is a great photo opportunity and chance to see live robots in action.


Event Details:


FIRST® LEGO LEAGUE “Senior Solutions” Robotics State Championship


Saturday, January 19


Forest View High School


2121 Goebbert Road


Arlington Heights, IL


10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Admission is free and the venue is open to the public


If you have any questions or would like to schedule an interview, please contact me at ckolavo@cbdmarketing.com or 312-661-1050.


Caroline


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Illinois Students Help Senior Citizens by Building and Battling LEGO Robots


Illinois FIRST® LEGO League “Senior Solutions” Robotics State Championship on January 19, in Arlington Heights, Ill.


ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (January 14, 2013) – After months of collaboration and effort, students from Illinois are going head-to-head in the FIRST LEGO League Robotics State Championship. More than 500 students will compete in a design competition, presentation and LEGO robot battle focused on solutions to help improve the quality of life for seniors.  Teams of Illinois children ages nine to 14 qualified to compete in this year’s FLL “Senior Solutions” Robotics State Championship January 19, at the Forest View High School in Arlington Heights, Ill. 


Each year, students are tasked with researching and designing ways a robot could be used to help solve real world problems.  This year’s challenge, “Senior Solutions,” encourages students to explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch or staying fit.


“Students in FLL are having so much fun they don’t realize they’re learning math and science principles,” said Tom Kleinschmidt, FLL Illinois Operational President. “The creativity we see in the students is phenomenal.  Some of our teams have been so inventive with developing solutions to challenges that they are now seeking patents to protect their ideas.” 


To successfully complete the challenge, students brainstormed ideas and formulated practical solutions with two goals in mind; research and present solutions which solve age-related issues; and build and program a LEGO robot to perform tasks on an obstacle course. Tasks could include choosing the right medicine or turning off stove burners. One winner will move on to the World Festival in St. Louis, Mo., April 24-27 to compete against 83 other teams from around the world.  


Attendees at the State Championship watch a competition where the custom-built LEGO robots come to life in fast-paced 2.5 minute competitions.  Eighty teams will put their engineering and design skills to the test.  Spectators will witness them working together to solve problems and create innovative solutions.


The goal of the FIRST LEGO League program is to inspire youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. Illinois has one of the largest populations of teams in the U.S. who compete in FLL.  More than 350 teams competed in 22 regional qualifiers with approximately 25 percent of teams advancing to the state competition. Originally started in the northwest suburbs of Chicago, FLL Illinois is growing approximately 20 percent year-over-year.  New teams are springing up all over in cities such as Bloomington, Champaign, Decatur, Lebanon, Peoria, Rock Island, Rockford and Springfield, Ill.  The desire to promote STEM Education and FLL will likely result in two separate state championship competitions next year to accommodate the number of teams expected to participate. 


FLL in Illinois is sponsored by major corporations that include Motorola Solutions, Sonoscan and Caterpillar. Volunteers are also drawn from organizations such as Allstate, Baxter and Underwriter’s Labs.  More information about FLL in Illinois and the State Championship may be found by visiting ilfirst.org


Event Details:


FIRST® LEGO LEAGUE “Senior Solutions” Robotics State Championship


Saturday, January 19


Forest View High School


2121 Goebbert Road


Arlington Heights, IL


10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Admission is free and the venue is open to the public


About FIRST®


Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST ® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $14 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST ® Robotics Competition (FRC®) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC®) for high-school students, FIRST®LEGO® League (FLL®) for 9 to 14-year-olds, (9 to 16-year-olds outside the U.S., Canada, and Mexico) and Junior FIRST®LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9-year-olds. Gracious Professionalism is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to usfirst.org.  To learn about local activity for Illinois FIRST, visit ilfirst.org.


CONTACT


Caroline Kolavo


CBD Marketing


312-661-1050


ckolavo@cbdmarketing.com


 

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