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STLCC – Florissant Valley to Host a Weekend of FIRST Robotics Competitions

January 10, 2018

FIRST LEGO STLCCSat.
1/13 - Eastern Missouri FIRST LEGO® League Championship
Sun. 1/14 - FIRST Tech Challenge Qualifying Tournament
FREE, Family Fun Events

Hundreds of local students will spend the weekend on campus running their robots and showing all they have learned about engineering and research as participants in two of the programs from FIRST. The excitement levels will be high and the competition hot!

Saturday, Jan. 13, is the FIRST® LEGO® League Eastern Missouri Championship from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., competition starts at 11:30 a.m. Forty teams of students, ages 9 to 14 are among 235,000 children around the world who have risen to the HYDRO DYNAMICSSM Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, teams must build and program a LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot to complete missions on a thematic playing surface, and conduct research to discover what can be done to improve the human water cycle. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology.

This season, the Eastern Missouri Region held 14 area qualifiers, with 259 participating teams. In order to qualify to participate in the Championship event, teams needed to receive high marks at an official qualifier in Robot Performance, Core Values, Robot Design and Project Solution. One team will advance directly to the FIRST World Championship in Houston.

Sunday, Jan. 14, brings the FIRST Tech Challenge  St. Louis Community College – Florissant Valley campus Qualifying Tournament, where 36 mentor-guided teams of 12 to 18 year-old students will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community. Events run from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., competition starts at noon.

The teams program robots to compete on a 12’ x 12’ field, in an alliance format, against other teams in the 2017-2018 adventure-themed game, FIRST RELIC RECOVERYSM Presented by Qualcomm. Robots are built from a reusable platform, powered by the Android operating system and the Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor and programmed using Java.

The elimination game play and judging decisions will determine the four teams that earn advancement to the Missouri State Championship on Feb. 24, 2018 at Missouri S&T.

Over 200 teams will participate in events in Missouri and Kansas this season. The local tournament structure offers 30 Meets, 7 Qualifiers, 2 Conference Qualifiers and a Missouri Championship. Teams advance from the Missouri Championship to the South Super-Regional in Athens, Georgia and ultimately to the FIRST Tech Challenge World Championship, to be held April 18-21, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

STLCC is an invaluable partner to the FIRST programs in St. Louis by providing facilities, mentors and planning committee members. Tom McGovern, Department Chair Engineering and Technology, St. Louis Community College said, “We are proud to continue our 15 years of support for the FIRST family of programs. I love to be at the events with the students. Their passion and enthusiasm for the experience is contagious”.

All FIRST events are free and open to the public. The complete Missouri calendar of events and more information about FIRST in Missouri is available at www.stlfirst.org

About FIRST® 
Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $50 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org

About THE LEGO Group
The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family, who founded it in 1932. The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children's creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries. For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Tech Challenge, and RELIC RECOVERYSM are trademarks of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., and HYDO DYNAMICSSM, held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2017 FIRST. All rights reserved.

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