4th-8th graders to compete in Lego robotics qualifier this Saturday

Above: At Southborough Summer Nights, volunteers for Team 1100 used a demonstration to introduce the youth FIRST® LEGO® League. (Photo by Beth Melo)

This weekend, you can see robotics in action at the high school. But it won’t be the Algonquin team’s robots in motion. This Saturday is all about the youth league.

The ARHS’ robotics team is hosting a competition for 4th-8th graders. 24 teams will compete to qualify in this FIRST® LEGO® League event.

The community is invited to attend for free. Kids can come cheer on their peers and get a taste of what Lego robotics is about.

The competition takes place Saturday, December 13, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm in the gym.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Details are below:

See LEGO® Robotics in Action! 

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Algonquin Robotics Team will host an official FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) competition at Algonquin Regional High School. The public is welcome to attend and watch the excitement as 24 FLL Teams, Grades 4-8, participate in this year’s FLL challenge. While Algonquin Robotics has hosted FLL events before, this is the first time Team 1100 will be hosting an official FLL qualifying event. The action starts at 9:00 AM in the Algonquin Gymnasium and goes until 2:30 PM. Admission and parking are free.

FLL is a program of FIRST® Robotics, specifically designed to introduce elementary and middle school students to “real-world engineering challenges” by having them build LEGO-based robots which compete against other teams in an annual FLL challenge. “FLL teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.”

FIRST® Robotics was founded 25 years ago by internationally-renowned inventor and entrepreneur Dean Kamen “to transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders.” FIRST® makes this happen by engaging young people in exciting mentor-based programs “that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.”

Now in its 13th season, Algonquin Robotics FIRST® Team 1100 has been transforming the lives of students at Algonquin since 2002. The history of the team has been one of growth and accomplishment. None of it would be possible without the support of Algonquin and the team’s faculty advisor, George Clarke, Lead Mentor Dan Strickland, and the dedicated cadre of mentors, many of whom have stayed on long after their own children graduated Algonquin. The team’s activities would also not be possible without its corporate sponsors. Current principal sponsors are DOW Chemical Company and Boston Scientific Corporation.

Learn more about Algonquin Robotics FIRST® Team 1100 at http://www.team1100.org

Learn more about FIRST® Robotics at http://www.usfirst.org

Learn more about the FLL challenge at http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2014fllworldclass

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