For immediate release
Contact: Paul Tran
SAN DIEGO LEGO™ CHALLENGE
Students present unique inventions and research to the public
Using LEGO MindStorm kids, elementary/middle school students all over San Diego will be competing in the San Diego LEGO Challenge, an annual LEGO robotics competition at the Preuss School UCSD. The competition will not only showcase the robots, but also present the research the students have been involved with. This year, the research topic is “alternative energy.” Students had to build a model of a community building and assess how energy is currently being used and how different alternatives could help the community conserve energy.
Students, ranging from fifth grade through eighth grade, who are involved with the FIRST LEGO League [FLL] Program, an international LEGO robotics competition. 18 FLL teams will be competition at the San Diego LEGO Challenge. This is approximately 200 students.
The Preuss School UCSD
At the corner of Genesee Ave and Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093
Saturday, November 10
Doors Open: 10:30/am; Awards Ceremony: 5:00/pm
In FIRST [For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology] LEGO League, founder Dean Kamen wanted students to perceive math, science, and technology is a positive light. Through FLL, students not only design, build, program autonomous LEGO robots, but they also learn to thin in new ways and try different problem solving techniques. America is falling farther and farther behind other industrialized countries in terms of innovative technology. Programs, like FLL, foster the next generation of scientists, engineers, and global-good citizens who redefine the course of our country. [For more information, visit www.usfirst.org]
"Through FIRST, I have been able to build friendships that I am sure will last my entire life."
KATRINA WONG, Midnight Mechanic
Katrina Wong (right) entered the magical world of the Midnight Mechanics as a freshmen in high school. She began her FIRST career as a member of the Community Partnerships department, organizing and facilitating community events. At the Los Angeles Regional, her first regional, she was excited to meet students, like Monica Fernandez (left), who were just as crazy about FIRST as she was. Today, although Monica is off at Purdue University, she still maintains contact with her fellow Midnight Mechanic.
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