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

Tuesday, March 04, 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.

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