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Alaska kicks off 2012-13 FIRST LEGO League season

Posted: September 19, 2012 - 12:06am

On Saturday, Sept. 22, Alaska kicks off its 2012-2013 FIRST® LEGO® season with a special event for registered teams and students ages 9 to 14 with an interest in starting teams and FIRST® activities at their school or neighborhood.

The kick off party will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Clark Middle School in Anchorage, and will include remote regions of the state via video teleconference, thanks to generous support from GCI.

Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of LEGO robotics or have never built or programmed a LEGO robot, you’re invited to find out why students and their families, teachers, and communities across the state have become so excited about this fun, rapidly growing, hands-on learning program. This event is for students and parents that are either already on a registered team or are interested in how to start their own team (students are not placed on teams).

Saturday’s event will tell you exactly what you need to know — as a member of a student or community team or as an adult coach or volunteer — about this exciting program.

The FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition is for youth ages 9-14. More information about both programs can be found at www.usfirst.org.

The season’s “Senior Solutions” tournament course will be on display at the event. High school robotics teams from the Anchorage area will lead fun activities including programming workshops and team building exercises. Door prizes will include a LEGO Mindstorms NXT Programming Kit valued at $275!

In the 2012 Senior Solutions® Challenge, over 130 FLL teams across Alaska will 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. Teams will research obstacles and then suggest ways to improve the quality of life for the seniors affected.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded by inventor Dean Kamen in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST activities in Alaska are coordinated by the Juneau Economic Development Council’s STEM AK Program and funded by BP, the State of Alaska and individual school districts and teams. STEM AK is actively seeking volunteers and sponsors for all 2012-2013 FIRST activities across the state.

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