FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana children ages 9 to 14 are among the record 135,000 students around the world who have risen to the 2008 FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) “Climate Connections” Challenge. To successfully complete the Challenge, teams of young people must build and program a LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to explore one of today’s most critical issues: climate. Teams explored how we learn about past climates and delved into questions surrounding our current and future climate conditions. Challenge missions include exploring greenhouse gases, wildlife, preparations for climate conditions, and gathering communities of people. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, children have a chance to explore a real-world issue through research and robotic programming to gain an appreciation for and interest in science and technology.
Of the 142 Indiana teams who competed at one of six qualifying tournaments, 48 have advanced to the state championship tournament at the IPFW Gates Sports Center on Saturday, Dec. 13. The day will start with a brief opening ceremony at 8 a.m. featuring IPFW Chancellor Michael Wartell. The public is welcome to view “robot action” from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and the day’s events will conclude with an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.
The Indiana championship team will advance to the FLL World Festival at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.
For more information about Indiana’s championship tournament, visit FIRST LEGO® League
Indiana Championship Tournament.