FIRST LEGO League Information Session, May 22 @ 7pm in Education Building Room 191 (Expired)

URL: https://www.facebook.com/events/1431241667126077/

The Department of Computer Science is interested in organizing a FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League (FLL) in Regina. What is it? A robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds (Grades 4 - 8), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL teams are made up of up to 10 children with at least 1 adult coach. For the first year, can we form 8 teams in the Regina area? Our kids would join more than 20,000 teams in over 70 countries around the world.

In early Fall, FLL releases a Challenge, which is based on a real-world scientific topic. Each Challenge
has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project (Why a Project in a Robotics Competition?), and the FLL
Core Values. Teams participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FLL Core Values. We plan to have a community (unofficial) tournament on the U of R campus in January, 2015.

See more at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/thechallenge. Many videos can be found here:
http://www.youtube.com/user/FLLGlobal

The FLL in Regina will require help from kids, coaches, volunteers, and sponsors. If you or someone you know may be interested in participating in, or helping to develop, a robotics program for kids in Saskatchewan, please attend the information session. Everyone is welcome! Free parking in “M” areas.

FIRST has programs for other ages as well, including the FRC (FIRST Robotics Competition) for 14-18 year olds. Although this event will focus on the FLL, there will also be some information about the FRC.

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Would you (or someone you know) be interested in a 1-week summer camp experience to become familiar with the FLL (using the 2013 Challenge)? With sufficient interest, we will offer a small camp during the week of July 21-25. Contact: Daryl Hepting -- hepting@cs.uregina.ca


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