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College of Engineering hosts Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship


College of Engineering hosts Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship


The College of Engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso hosts the Junior FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) and FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Championship on Saturday, February 18, 2012. The tournament starts at 10 a.m. at Memorial Gym. Richard T. Schoephoerster, Ph.D., P.E, Dean of the College of Engineering will open the event.

The competition consists of three parts. The first part is to research a world problem and come up with an innovative solution. The second part is to program and build a robot to complete missions. The final part is about embracing core values for life. Those values are about gracious professionalism and being a better team player.

The Jr. FLL competition challenges students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade (ages 6 to 9) and FLL competition challenges 4th through 8th grade students (ages 9 to 14), to build, test, and program an automatic robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS robot to solve the presented missions on an obstacle course. This year's theme is the Food Factor.

In the "Food Factor" (FLL) Challenge, student teams must identify a problem in the food's journey from ground to table and find out how and where the food could become spoiled or contaminated. Once a contamination or spoiling problem has been identified the team should develop an innovative solution to address the problem using FIRST's core values.

"I've learned new things because of it. I enjoy robot programming. The research I have done will influence the choices I will make for my future. I want to make a difference," said Madison Pearson, age 8 and competitor in the FLL.

"Food Factor" (FLL) teams as many as 10 students to research the food's journey, contamination and spoiling problems. Students are challenged to think about the growing process, food inspection, shipping and testing of products.

"I have learned a lot about things I wouldn't have thought about through my research and talking with professionals. I feel my knowledge has expanded. I want to be more sustainable," age 12, Aidan Pearson said about last years FLL competition.

The Jr. FLL and FLL provides opportunities for students to develop their math and science problem solving skill at an early age through creative, fun and interactive projects. Students also learn to organize, communicate and delegate to enter competitive projects.

Participating teams come from New Mexico and Texas including Amarillo, Ft. Stockton, Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

The event is free and open to the public.

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The University of Texas at El Paso
College of Engineering
Engineering Building Room A148
500 W University Ave
El Paso, TX 79968

Phone: (915) 747-6444
Fax: (915) 747-5437

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