Two LEGO tournaments in Trumbull Co.

Staff report

Two FIRST LEGO League Robotics regional qualifying tournaments will be in Trumbull County.

The Northeast Ohio FIRST Robotics Alliance, a partnership among area high school FIRST Robotics teams, and the Art Outreach Gallery, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, are collaborating with title sponsor Time Warner Cable to provide an extraordinary experience to middle-school students throughout Northeast Ohio.

The FLL NEOFRA/Time Warner Cable Warren Delphi E.L.I.T.E. Regional will be Saturday at Warren G. Harding High School, 860 Elm Road NE, Warren.

The FLL NEOFRA/Time Warner Cable Girard RoboCats Regional will be Dec. 15 at Girard High School, 1244 Shannon Road, Girard.

Both events are open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Parking is free, and concessions are available. Concession proceeds benefit host high school FIRST robotics teams Warren G. Harding Team 48 Delphi E.L.I.T.E. and Girard RoboCats Team 379.

Weeks of preparation by teams of students age 9 to 14 will culminate Dec. 8 at the Warren Delphi E.L.I.T.E. Regional, where 17 Northeast Ohio FLL teams will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creativity, teamwork and professionalism.

One week later, 17 additional Northeast Ohio teams get their chance to shine at the Girard RoboCats Regional.

Top performers at both events will advance to the University of Akron Ohio FLL District Tournament on Jan. 12-13, 2013.

The 2012 FLL “Senior Solutions” Challenge requires each FLL team to design and build an autonomous robot using LEGO Mindstorms kits and LEGO parts. To score points, a team attempts robot missions on a 4-by-8 competition table, where their robot interacts with LEGO mission models set up on a challenge-themed mat.

In addition to robot performance, teams are evaluated in the categories of research project presentation, robot design and programming and core values. Trophies are awarded for top performers in each category. The highest honor at each competition — the Champion’s Award — is awarded to the team that demonstrates the best all-around performance.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization whose innovative robotics competitions motivate young people to pursue educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.

FIRST LEGO League is FIRST’s robotics competition for intermediate schoolchildren age 9 to 14.

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