First Lego League Team Bricks In Black To Compete In U.S. Open

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

First Lego League’s Team Bricks in Black from Chattanooga is a robotics team comprised of six homeschooled boys (age 9-14) and a lego robot named EdbotII.   The robot is named after Ed Chapin, former president of the Chattanooga Engineering Club and founder of Chattanooga Robotics.  

First Lego League is an alliance between the First Organization and Lego with the mission to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders.  The Bricks in Black team competed in two FLL competitions this season.  They won first place in every category at the first annual Ed Chapin Chattanooga Area First Lego League Qualifier.  This event was sponsored by Chattanooga Robotics and TVA and held on Signal Mountain in November 2013.    In December, the team won second place overall at the East Tennessee Regional Tournament in Cookeville. They have since been invited to represent the state of Tennessee at the U.S. Open FLL Championship in Carlsbad, Calif. on May 16-18. 

The team has been self-supported since its inception in 2008, but there will be significant expense to participate in the U.S. Open.  The team members are actively engaged in fundraising activities, but the total travel expenses (including airfare and accommodations) will exceed $6,000.

Checks can be made out to Chattanooga E Week for the benefit of the Chattanooga Robotics fund for BIB team.  All donations are tax deductible.  As the date of the competition approaches, the team is hopeful to meet the fundraising goal by mid-April.

Call Labronda Champion, coach for Team Bricks in Black, at 855-5993 or 443-2344 for more information.  Or visit www.firstlegoleague.org, www.bricksinblack.com or www.chattabot.org.

Here are the partnership levels:

$1,000 Partnership
·         Included on team website www.bricksinblack.com
·         Listed on press release and as TV credit on local news channels
·         Included on team banner used during local promotions and national competition
·         Logo printed on team T-shirts                             
·         Logo printed on national competition giveaways
 
$500 Partnership
·         Included on team website www.bricksinblack.com
·         Listed on press release and as TV credit on local news channels
·         Included on team banner used during local promotions and national competition
                                   
$250 Partnership
·         Included on team website www.bricksinblack.com
·         Listed on press release and as TV credit on local news channels
                                   
$100 Partnership
·         Included on team website www.bricksinblack.com

 


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