Chattanooga Robotics Team Invited To U.S. Open FLL Championship

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Bricks in Black will compete with 70 First Lego League teams from across North America at the U.S. Open FLL Championship to be held at Legoland in Carlsbad, Ca., on May 16-18.

First Lego League’s Team Bricks in Black is a robotics team comprised of six home-schooled boys ranging in age from nine-14. In November and December, the team participated in the East Tennessee Regional Qualifier on Signal Mountain, and the East Tennessee Regional Tournament at Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville Tn.

, placing first and second, respectively. In January, Bricks in Black received an invitation to represent the East Tennessee Region at the US Open Championship.            

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.  This year’s challenge theme is “Nature’s Fury” where teams had to “discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work, and play”. The teams are required to design, build, and program a robot using the Lego MINDSTORM or EV3 kits to complete a series of scored challenges on a 8’ X 4’ field.  Additionally, the teams must research a natural disaster-related problem in their community and develop a presentation on their findings, as well as participate in a teamwork challenge to demonstrate their understanding of FLL’s Core Values.


5th Annual Central Alumni Golf Tournament Set For Sept. 30

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Weekly Road Construction Report

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School Board Approves "Partnership" With State As "Lesser Of 2 Evils"

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Jury Hears About Incident Behind Food Lion That Authorities Say Led To Triple Murders In Lookout Valley; Neighbor Saw Trio With Guns

A Criminal Court jury on Thursday was told about an incident behind the Food Lion on Brown's Ferry Road that authorities say was the motive for an April 9, 2014, massacre at a Lookout Valley trailer park. Brandon Jackson said the incident five days earlier involved Derek Morse, who is standing trial on three counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree ... (click for more)

September Is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month

The calendar fills up quickly in September as families return to a packed routine after quieter summer days. Unfortunately, your health might take a backseat to your busy schedule. So make a note on your calendar that September is Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, and remind yourself—or the men in your life—about the importance of a healthy prostate.   Prostate cancer is ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: I Am Very Privileged

A California professor who teaches sociology at San Diego State told her students she would give each extra credit if they would participate in a “White Privilege Checklist” the other day. Understand, there is no pass or fail but, the more of the 20 statements you agree with, reveals you are “more guilty” of being white and therefore more “privileged” than those who are not. ... (click for more)