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Youth LEGO Robotics Tournament will Focus on Climate

Source: Bruce Schafer, Director, OUS Industry Affairs; Office: 503-821-1132; Cell: 503-332-4666
Contact: Cathy Swider, Project Administrator, OUS; Office: 503-821-1136; Cell: 971-219-1020

Statewide competition brings together 120 winning teams from qualifying tournaments

WHEN:

Saturday, January 17th and Sunday, January 18th, 2009, 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 2008 State Championship Tournaments. Watch robots built by 9-14 year olds who will compete in a competition focused on  “Climate Connections.” The 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 addressing current and future climatic conditions, discuss technical aspects of their research with judges, and show their teamwork skills.

Each year FIRST LEGO League (FLL) defines a challenge that drives team activities. In this year's Climate Connections challenge, the 2008 FIRST LEGO League teams embark on an exploration of the earth's climate, discovering the links between science, people, resources and communities. Teams—consisting of youth designers, builders, programmers, documenters and a team leader—are given about 8 weeks to prepare for the tournament, including constructing the robot and completing the required scientific research. 

WHO:

Oregon Robotics & Tournament Outreach Program (ORTOP) is one of Oregon's fastest growing youth programs. Since its inception in 2001, the program has more than quadrupled its participation. In December 2008, 374 teams and more than 2,500 students participated in qualifying tournaments in Oregon and SW Washington. Each team is made up of four to ten students from 9 to 14 years old. The top 20% of these teams will compete at the January 17th and 18th Intel Oregon FIRST LEGO League Championship Tournaments.

ORTOP offers the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) pre-engineering program to help young students begin preparing for technical careers at an early age. Oregon technology corporations and industry associations collaborate with the Oregon University System and major youth organizations to implement the program.

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

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