Norwich Will Host Vermont FIRST LEGO League Championship

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NORWICH UNIVERSITY OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS

Updated November 12, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University will host the inaugural FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Vermont State Championship on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 9 a.m. in Shapiro Field House. This is the third year in a row that Norwich is hosting a FLL event—previous events served as regional qualifiers.

Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen, FIRST® LEGO® League is designed to inspire children in science and technology through the use of robotics. Open to 9 to 14-year-old students around the world, teams are tasked with researching a real-world scientific issue and designing and building an original robot.

Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies, student teams showcase the results of weeks of intense preparation as they deploy their robots to complete thematic challenges in autonomous robot matches. Teams connect with their local and global communities by using critical thinking, creativity, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM ) concepts to create and present innovative solutions to real-world challenges.

This year’s challenge is based on the theme “TRASH TREK,” which spurs teams to explore the world of trash from multiple facets, including collection, sorting and reuse.

The Norwich event on Nov. 15 marks the beginning of an independent FLL region in the state of Vermont. With 30 teams of up to 10 students each, along with coaches and parents, there will be much to see throughout the day, and spectators are encouraged to attend.

Opening and closing ceremonies, as well as robot matches, take place at Shapiro Field House. Event highlights include team presentations to judges on their robot design choices and on their innovative solution to a trash-themed community problem. Teams also complete challenges during the event to demonstrate their ability to work as a group—an important component of the competition.

While the robots often attract the most attention, a key aspect of the FLL program is its “Core Values” which, according to its website, “are among the fundamental elements that distinguish FLL from other programs of its kind. By embracing the Core Values, participants learn that friendly competition and mutual gain are not separate goals, and that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork.”

After teams check-in, FIRST President Don Bossi will give opening remarks at 9:00 a.m.

Team presentations begin at 9:40 a.m. and continue through 12:30 p.m. Robot matches begin at noon and run throughout the remainder of the event. The day will conclude with an awards ceremony around 4:15 p.m. Throughout the day spectators are welcome to visit the on-campus Sullivan Museum & History Center, the state’s only Smithsonian Affiliate; watch a NAO humanoid robot demonstration (pictured above); see demos from high school robotics teams (FRC and FTC), or tour Norwich’s 3D printing manufacturing lab.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Transformation” here: bicentennial.norwich.edu.    

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