Saturday, January 10, 2015 - 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Theme: World Class Learning Unleashed
Location: The University of Akron Student Union Ballroom
The Junior FLL Exhibition will be held the same day. Their theme is "Think Tank: Redefining Learning."
FIRST® LEGO® League is a collaboration between the LEGO® Company and FIRST (an acronym that stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), a non-profit organization founded by Dean Kamen that is committed to creating robotic competition programs that will excite and inspire children from Kindergarten through high school to excel in math and science.
“FLL is a multi-disciplinary program that combines engineering, computer programming, problem-solving, researching, presenting and teamwork into an intense 8 week period. Teams of 3 to 10 children, ages 9–14, work to build and program a robot to complete a number of tasks on a competition table in a 2.5 minute robot round. Teams compete in a sports-like environment where spectators cheer their successes. Teams also meet with Robot Design Judges, who evaluate their robot design, programming and their problem-solving strategies; Project Judges, who look at their research project, solution and outreach; and Core Values Judges, who evaluate how well the group functioned as a team and incorporated the values of 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."