The Inderkum High School Robotics Team will host the FIRST LEGO League Championship for Northern California Saturday, Feb. 9.
The event is free and open to the public to watch. The opening ceremony is scheduled for 8:15 a.m., followed by the Robot Rounds with a break for lunch and a closing ceremony at 5 p.m.
Nearly 400 middle school students representing 48 teams will be on hand to compete for the annual Capital District FLL Championship – including Westlake Charter Middle School’s rookie team “Lego Stars!”
FIRST LEGO League is an international program, created by FIRST and LEGO, meant to get children interested in and excited about science, technology and engineering. Every year, FIRST releases a new challenge that engages the teams in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. The theme for the challenge is different each year, allowing teams to learn about a variety of subjects.
Participants, ages 9-14, form small teams of up to 10 members. Teams can form from any group: school, scouts, religious organizations, home school groups or even groups of friends. After the challenge has been released, teams have a limited amount of time to design, program and build their robot, and prepare an in-depth research presentation related to the challenge theme. The LEGO Mindstorms robotics kit is used to build a robot capable of completing tasks autonomously on the playing field. Team members can use any LEGO parts to build the robot – including parts they already own.
Each team’s hard work culminates in a one-day, high-energy, sports-like tournaments. During the tournaments, teams have at least three rounds on the competition tables to get the best score possible. When not competing with their robots, teams give their project presentations, are interviewed about the technical design of their robots, and also how they work as teams.
The winner of the Champion’s Award may be eligible to participate in a variety of post-season tournament opportunities both domestic and abroad on an invitational basis. For more information about the FIRST LEGO League and this weekend’s competition click here.
The Inderkum Robotics Team will be selling pizza and Chinese food lunches at the event. Inderkum is located at 2500 New Market Drive.