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For Immediate Release
December 12, 2017

Team Storm Wins 18th Indiana FIRST LEGO League Robotic Championship at IPFW

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—Indiana University–Purdue University Fort Wayne (IPFW) hosted the 18th Indiana FIRST LEGO® League Robotic Championship today in the Athletics Center Fieldhouse.

The theme of this year’s competition was hydrodynamics, and participants were challenged to research and problem-solve issues related to the water cycle.

Team Storm, a home school team from Terre Haute, was crowned champion and will move on to the World Festival in Detroit in April. Taking second place was Washing MISHimes from Mishawaka.

Two teams from the tournament now have the highest robot game scores for this competition in the world: Team Storm, the tournament champion, and team Amazi from Granger.

This annual event is one of the largest robotic competitions in the state for children ages 9–14. This year, 310 Indiana teams registered, with 279 of them competing at 13 qualifiers in November. Forty-eight teams advanced to today’s IPFW Northern Championship Tournament.

The College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science (ETCS) coordinates the championship and leads the state First Lego League program as the Indiana First Lego League affiliate partner. The tournament is organized by the ETCS Outreach office as part of the college’s ongoing commitment to encourage youth to build their STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills and consider related careers.

For more information, contact Carol Dostal at 260-481-6905 or dostalc@ipfw.edu.

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