LEGO League robotics event to be held at CCU for elementary, middle school students

vgrooms@thesunnews.comJanuary 8, 2014 

The FIRST LEGO League qualifying event, featuring 28 teams of students ages 9 to 14, will be held Saturday at the Williams-Brice Recreation Center at Coastal Carolina University from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

The robotics portions of the event will be held from 10-11:30 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. in Kimbel Arena. Teams will compete in three main areas: a LEGO robot design and challenge competition, a research project on an original idea for contending with nature's fury and a team work activity. Winners will move on to the state competition.

About 200 students will participate, including local teams from Ocean Bay, Black Water, Forestbrook, Myrtle Beach, North Myrtle Beach and St. James middle schools; Forestbrook, Kingston, Pee Dee, Lakewood, Homewood, Palmetto Bays and River Oaks elementary schools; and St. Michael Catholic School, Waccamaw Intermediate School, the Academy of Hope, Girl Scouts of Eastern S.C. and the Mitney Project in Georgetown.

FIRST LEGO League is a worldwide competition supported by companies such as the LEGO corporation and designed for children in elementary and middle schools. The league is run by the nonprofit FIRST organization, which works to inspire young people to enter the science and technology fields.

For more information, contact tournament director Louis Rubbo, associate professor in CCU’s Department of Chemistry and Physics, at lrubbo@coastal.edu or 349-6489, or visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll or the S.C. First LEGO League website, http://scrobotics.org.

Contact VICKI GROOMS at 443-2401 or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_VickiGrooms.

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