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FIRST LEGO® League Robotics Tournament Returns to Roger Williams University on Jan. 14

Nearly 500 elementary and middle school students from across the state will participate in the League's Food Factor Championship

Nearly 500 elementary and middle school students from across the state will participate in the FIRST LEGO® League Food Factor Championship Tournament at Roger Williams University on Saturday, Jan. 14.

Fifty-six teams from across Rhode Island and nearby Massachusetts spent weeks exploring how food gets to our plate safe and ready to eat – and where along the supply chain food gets contaminated. They also designed, built and programmed a robot to complete missions on a pre-built game table where the missions represent concepts from food science.

At the action-packed tournament, teams – comprised of up to 10 students ages 9-14 – will compete in two-and-a-half minute matches to earn points as their robots complete missions on the playing field, which is made entirely of LEGO elements. In morning judging sessions, each team presents a research project that highlights what they have learned about keeping food safe to a panel of volunteer experts from the community, including representatives from Amgen, Raytheon, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, KVH, and Simulia.

Teams vie for awards in categories such as Robot Design, Robot Strategy, Research Quality, and Teamwork. The team earning the highest cumulative score across all judging categories wins the coveted Champion’s Award and is eligible to compete in an FLL U.S. Open, which brings teams from across the U.S. together for a weekend of fun and competition.

FIRST LEGO League is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math enrichment program that combines the excitement of robotics with a research project that encourages scientific literacy.

Opening ceremonies, which begin at 11:15 a.m. in the University’s Recreation Center, will feature remarks by RWU President Donald Farish. Admission and parking is free of charge.

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