Oakbrook will compete against more than 30 teams to be among the eight to advance to the state championship.
Oakbrook will host the FIRST Lego League regional qualifier this Saturday in the gym.
FIRST Lego League is a worldwide program in its 18th year of getting children eager to learn science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).
Teams research real-world problems such as food safety, recycling, energy, and are challenged to develop a solution. Using Lego Mindstorms technologies and Lego education materials, children work to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. This year’s challenge, Trash Trek, is all about reducing, reusing, and recycling the items we do not need anymore.
Teams will have to program their robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a table-top playing field. Game missions include demolishing a building and salvaging valuable materials from the debris, converting organic material into fertilizer, and reusing methane produced in a landfill to power a truck and/or factory.
The qualifying event will include more than 30 teams, including one from Oakbrook, that will be judged in three areas: core values, project, and robot design. The top robot game scores are also honored. The top eight teams will qualify to compete in the state championship.
For more information on the FIRST Lego League, please visit http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.
Come support the Robo-Knights
What: FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifier
When: Saturday, Jan. 16 (Oakbrook is tentatively scheduled to compete at 12:50, 2:00, and 2:50.) Doors open at 8 a.m. Opening Ceremony will be at 8:45 a.m.
Who: Members of this year's team include: