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Hawkeye Community College to Host FIRST® LEGO® League Event on December 3

posted on Monday, November 27, 2017 in  College News

WATERLOO–Hawkeye Community College will host the FIRST® Lego® League Regional Qualifier on Sunday, December 3, 9:00am-1:00pm, in Tama Hall on Hawkeye’s main campus.

FIRST Lego League is a worldwide program in its 20th year of getting children eager to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math. The program helps children develop skills in problem-solving, teamwork, strategizing, and creative thinking.

This year’s challenge is all about water – how people find, transport, use, or dispose of it. Teams will research problems with the water cycle, create or improve a solution, and share their solutions with others. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO Education materials, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. Teams will have to program their robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a thematic playing surface.

The qualifying event will include teams from Waterloo, Cedar Falls, Grundy Center, Denver, Evansdale, Allison, Dysart, La Porte City, and Jesup. Teams judged in three areas: project; robot design; and FIRST LEGO League Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored.

The event begins at 9:00am and concludes with an awards ceremony beginning at 12:30pm. The top teams qualify to compete in the state championship held January 14, 2018, at Iowa State University in Ames.

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