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Public invited to see youth teams compete with LEGO robots at state championships

Tournaments features 118 top teams from across Oregon & SW Washington competing with custom robots

Source: Bruce Schafer, Director, OUS Industry Affairs; Office: 503-725-2915; Cell: 503-332-4666

Contact: Cathy Swider, Project Administrator, OUS; Office: 503-725-2920; Cell: 971-219-1020

WHEN: Saturday, January 19th and Sunday, January 20th, 2013, 9:30 am–2:30 pm. Open and FREE to the public.

WHERE: Liberty High School gymnasium, 21945 NW Wagon Way, Hillsboro, Oregon

WHAT: Intel Oregon FIRST® LEGO® League State Championship Tournaments, presented by Rockwell Collins.  Families, the general public, and reporters are invited to attend the championship tournaments, and watch working robots built by the top teams of 9-14 year olds from across Oregon and SW Washington who have done well at qualifying tournaments in December 2012. These teams have used off-the-shelf LEGO robotics kits to construct ingenious working robots, which complete as many missions as possible on a 4-foot by 8-foot playing field. The teams also present research projects on food safety, discuss technical aspects of their robots with judges, and show their stellar teamwork skills.

Each year FIRST LEGO League (FLL) defines a challenge that drives team activities. In this year's Senior Solutions challenge, the FIRST LEGO League teams embarked on discovering and learning about a problem faced by senior citizens.  Each team developed a presentation describing what they learned and what they recommend to address the problem they have discovered and described.  In addition, each team designed, built and programmed a small robot that conducts a series of missions on a robotics playing field based on challenges faced by senior citizens. 

WHO:  Oregon technology corporations and industry associations collaborate with the Oregon University System and major youth organizations to implement the program to help young people get excited about and engaged in studying science and engineering. Oregon has one of the largest youth robotics programs in the country. In December 2012, over 400 teams and about 3,000 students participated in qualifying tournaments in Oregon and SW Washington. The top 30% of these teams will compete at the January 19th and 20th championships. Each team is made up of four to ten students who are given about 8 weeks to prepare for the tournament, including construction, design, and programming of the robot, and completion of the required scientific research. 

OUS thanks Intel, the title sponsor, as well as Rockwell Collins, Google Data Center/Tides Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, and all other sponsoring and partner organizations.  

For more information go to: http://www.ortop.org