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School of Engineering to Host Annual FIRST LEGO Robotics Challenge

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By: Jaci Shankel

April 13 Regional Challenge Theme Is "Nature's Fury"

Students Participate in 2011 Challenge

Walla Walla University will host the 2014 FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Challenge on Sunday, April 13, in the Winter Educational Complex at the corner of 4th and Davis streets. Sixteen different schools from across the Northwest will come to compete, bringing students aged 6-14. Table competition will begin at 11:30 a.m.  

This year’s theme is “Nature’s Fury,” focusing on all manner of natural disasters, from storms, to quakes, to waves and more. As FIRST LEGO League states on the event website, “teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play.

“LEGO robotics provides a great opportunity for young students to work creatively on a technical challenge with a team,” says Doug Logan, dean of the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering, which sponsors the LEGO event each year.  “This kind of experience is an important part of the education of the people who will be running everything 25-30 years from now, in a world that will likely be even more technologically dependent than ours is.”

The activity areas will open at 9 a.m., and FIRST LEGO League teams begin table competition at 11:30 a.m.  

For those who like hands-on exploration, interactive displays will be available for both participants and spectators, including a thermal imaging camera, a table with communications equipment used by the local Amateur Radio Emergency Service group, a small seismograph, and a concrete tester. In addition, there will be several bins of LEGOs for anyone and everyone to build and play with.  

After the competition has been completed, some of the teams will present their projects to the audience. 

This event is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact the School of Engineering at (509) 527-2765 or email steve.davis@wallawalla.edu


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