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Information Sessions - First Lego League and First Technical Challenge

April 5, 2014

12:00pm - 1:00pm

Hooley Hall at the Washington County Fairgrounds 12300 N. 40th Street, Lake Elmo

Are you interested in robotics and engineering? Then join us, at noon on April 5 after the Solar Energy Project Pursuit to learn more. We will be having an informal discussion to determine the interest in participating in both the First Lego League (FLL) and the First Tech Challenge (FTC) during 2014. FLL involves having youth participate in putting a project together and present their ideas to a panel and then designing a Lego robot that can be controlled by computer programming to achieve a particular challenge. This robot will then be entered in a competition. Washington County 4-H FLL is for youth in grades 4–7, there will be a maximum of 10 youth who can enroll.

FTC is designed for youth to compete head to head, using a sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete in an alliance format against other teams. The robot kit is reusable from year-to-year and is programmed using a variety of languages. Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles. Awards are given for the competition as well as for community outreach, design, and other real world accomplishments. Washington County 4-H FTC is for youth in grades 8–12, there will be a maximum of 10 youth who can enroll.

The discussion will revolve around how to start the teams, how to support them and what role youth and parents can take. Each team will also need both a coach and an assistant coach.

If you and your child are interested but cannot attend the informational meeting, please contact Brian Krafthefer krafthefer@aol.com.

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