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2015 Tournament Summary

On Saturday, January 10, The University of Akron held the Northeast Ohio FIRST LEGO League (FLL) District Tournament and Jr. FIRST LEGO League (Jr. FLL) exposition. Twenty-two FLL and nine Jr. FLL teams consisting of over 225 elementary and middle school students engaged in STEM activities. This year’s challenge was focused on learning. The challenge incorporated many different types of educational practices from inside and outside of a traditional classroom setting.  |  View Photo Gallery

Congratulations to Symphonic 7 from the Solon School District, which claimed first place overall and will advance to the FLL Ohio State Championship on February 7-8 in Dayton, Ohio.  Also advancing to the State Championship are:

  • Golden GRAPES Unleashed (Solon)
  • RoboBacon (Aurora)
  • Kimera (Chagrin Falls)
  • St. Hillary Saberbots (Fairlawn)
  • The Borg: Builders of Robotic Greatness (Macedonia)
  • Brain Bots -- ambassador team (Cleveland)
  • Crazy Rhinos (Aurora)

FLL is a program open to children ages 9-14.  FLL challenges participants to real-world engineering experiences by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on thematic playing surfaces, as well as researching and presenting an innovative solution to a current real-world issue. FLL teams are composed of 10 children collaborating with adult coaches and mentors to “discover exciting career possibilities, and through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society.” For additional information please visit the FLL web site at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll

Jr. FLL is open to children ages 6-9. Teams consist of two to six children guided by at least two adult coaches. They are challenged to learn about the current theme, build a LEGO model, which contains a simple machine and a motorized part, and display their findings on a “Show Me” poster. For additional information please visit the Jr. FLL web site at http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/jr.fll

This tournament is a partnership between the College of Education and the College of Engineering. Please contact Karen Plaster for further information about the program.

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What is FIRST?

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, New Hampshire, the not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills.

The mission of FIRST is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

"To transform our culture by creating a world where science and technology are celebrated and where young people dream of becoming science and technology leaders."