Southeast Hosting FIRST LEGO League ‘World Class’ Challenge

Lego competitionCAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Nov. 11, 2014 — Southeast Missouri State University will host a FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition with a theme of “World Class” in which teams will present creative solutions for the future of education.

The FLL Qualifying Competition for children ages 9-14 will be held Nov. 15 in the University Center on the Southeast campus. Admission to the event is free. The event will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.. The best time to view robots in action will be from about 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Teams will build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® to solve a set of education-themed missions, such as accessing the cloud, community learning and thinking outside the box, said Dr. Brad Deken, chair of the Southeast Department of Polytechnic Studies and volunteer coordinator for this FLL Qualifying Competition.

Deken says the “World Class” Challenge is an extension of the FIRST Technology Challenge (FTC) high school robotics competition hosted by Southeast the past six years.

“The cornerstones of the experience are the FLL Core Values, which emphasize contributions of others, friendly competition, learning and community involvement,” he said.

FLL is a nationwide elementary and middle school robotics event designed for those who want to compete head to head, using a sports model. This program introduces younger students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.