Grandville. Michigan (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
The Grandville High School Robodawgs, and the Grandville Academic Team Boosters will host their annual Regional Qualifying Lego League Tournament on Saturday, November 17 at Grandville High School (4700 Canal, Grandville). The event will start at 9am, with robot competition and judging taking place through 3:00pm. The awards ceremony will take place at 3:15pm. Over the last six years, this event has grown from a handful of teams to the largest event of its kind in Michigan. More than 2,500 students, parents, and spectators are expected to attend this year’s tournament.
This tournament, held at Grandville High School, will bring together 44 teams from all over Michigan. These teams of fourth through eighth grade students will compete for the right to advance to the Michigan State Tournament in December. Teams will bring student-built robots to compete on the “Senior Solutions” playing field. Their robots and programming will be reviewed by technical judges. Teams will make research presentations, sharing the results of their research into issues active senior citizens face and their solutions to those problems. Teams will also compete in challenges designed to test their teamwork.
In the 2012 SENIOR SOLUTIONS Challenge, teams of elementary and middle school students explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle – solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch, or staying fit. In the Senior Solutions Challenge, teams build, test, and program an autonomous robot using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to solve a set of Senior Solutions missions. They also research, develop, and share innovative solutions to specific issues faced by senior citizens in their communities. For more complete information on this year’s Lego League Challenge, visit: http://firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2012seniorsolutions
This year’s event will also include West Michigan’s only showcase for Junior Lego League teams made up of second and third grade students. In the 2012, SUPER SENIORS Challenge, teams learned about simple machines as they built a model made of LEGO® elements with a motorized moving part and created a team Show Me Poster to represent their findings.
Lego League introduces elementary and middle school students to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface. Lego League teams, guided by their imaginations and adult coaches, discover exciting career possibilities and, through the process, learn to make positive contributions to society. Lego League team members get to: