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FIRST Lego League State Championship tournament to be held at Idaho State University

Posted January 11, 2010

Idaho ROKS FIRST Lego League Championship Tournament will be held at Idaho State University on Saturday, January 16, 2010. Sixty-four teams from throughout Idaho and northern Utah are expected to compete in the state championship tournament. 

 Teams of children, ages 9 to 14 have been working together since September 3 when the "Smart Move" Challenge was announced.  "Smart Move" looks at the community (defined by the students) and discovers how people, animals, information, and things travel. Teams picked one main mode of transportation and researched what kinds of problems keep people and things from getting where they are going safely, what problems keep people and things from moving efficiently and quickly and which use the least amount of energy. 

More than 200 teams participated in one of four qualifiers held throughout Idaho in December.  Teams advancing to the state tournament received the highest overall scores in the tournament or in one of four categories–Robot Design, Project, Robot Performance or Teamwork. Of the 64 teams participating, 24 are from the Southeast Idaho area. Local teams from Pocatello, Inkom, Blackfoot and Chubbuck will be competing as will teams from Malad, Victor, Kimberly, Idaho Falls, Ammon, Rigby, Rexburg and Sandy, Utah.  Teams will be traveling east from the Boise area and a long trek south from the panhandle of Idaho to compete.

The winner of the state competition will advance to the FIRST World Festival to be held in Atlanta, Georgia, April 14-17, 2010. They will join 83 other teams representing nearly 130,000 children who participated in FIRST Lego League this past season.

The robot competition is open to the public and will begin at approximately 1 p.m. in Reed Gym at Idaho State University.   An award ceremony will follow the robot competition.  Plan to attend the Idaho’s finale of child-centered exploration of real-world problems using hands-on robotics and research.

Many volunteers are needed to help make this event a success. If you are interested in helping, please contact Sherry Rindels-Larsen at rindsher@isu.edu or 208-282-3224. We will need judges, referees, and scorekeepers for the event as well as escorts, runners, and table re-setters.  Training will be provided for the volunteers!