WWU to Host North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge

Competition Will Test Elementary Students' Teamwork and Design Abilities

2012 Robotics Challenge

Walla Walla University will host the North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge on Sunday, April 14. This year, more than 95 team members and more than 20 coaches will take part in the annual event. The competition begins at 11 a.m. at the Alumni Gymnasium.  Doors open at 8 a.m. for team set-up. The public is invited to watch the free event.

The event is being organized by the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering and the university's Department of Marketing and Enrollment Services.

This year's competition theme is "Senior Solutions." Teams have been challenged to improve the quality of life for seniors by helping them continue to be independent, engaged, and connected in their communities. Teams will also showcase their projects with a poster.

The First Lego League (FLL) is for students in grades 5-8, who are presented with a greater challenge.  Teams, which can have from three to 10 students, must create an autonomous robot that can complete a specific challenge or task.  Their project involves researching, analyzing, and presenting a solution to that challenge.   

This year, four JFLL teams and 12 FLL teams will be competing. Teams will be judged on teamwork, presentation, and robotic design.  Three teams will receive champion awards, and each team will receive a participation plaque with their team photo.

Teams agree to abide by FLL’s core values, which highlight friendly competition, learning, shared experiences, and teamwork.  

The North Pacific Regional Robotics Challenge is part of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a nationwide program that partners with LEGO for event.  The Adventist Robotics League also partners with FIRST for the event.

 Published April 9, 2013

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