Thanks to a new adult Lego league, parents won’t have to use their kids as excuses to play with the popular plastic building blocks.
Teams of grown ups can now register for the FIRST Lego League Corporate Challenge — a spin-off of the student oriented FIRST Lego League.
Teams build and program a Lego NXT robot to compete in missions under the theme “Food Factor.” This head-to-head competition tests teams to complete as many missions as possible in just 2 1/2 minutes.
Contrary to its title, the Corporate Challenge does not require participants belong to a corporation to form teams. The entry fee is $200 per team and FIRST loans teams all necessary materials for the event.
Funds raised at the event are put toward FIRST activities in Alaska.
Dean Kamen founded the FIRST program in the 1990s to inspire students as young as 8 to explore science and technology.
The Corporate Challenge event is a fundraiser for FIRST activities statewide.
Registration is open now and the event is scheduled for May 4 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Baranof Hotel in Juneau. Spectators are welcome.