Rowan to host second annual FIRST LEGO League Competition

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11 Rowan University faculty and dozens of Rowan students will support 80 middle school students as they pit their robot creations head-to-head in a qualifier round for the FIRST LEGO League Competition on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chamberlain Student Center on Rowan's Glassboro campus.

11 Rowan University faculty and dozens of Rowan students will support 80 middle school students as they pit their robot creations head-to-head in a qualifier round for the FIRST LEGO League Competition on Friday, Dec. 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Chamberlain Student Center on Rowan's Glassboro campus.

Eight teams of students will be attending from Stars Challenge in West Long Branch, Slocum Skewes School in Ridgefield, William B. Morgan Elementary School in Hamilton, Pitman Middle School in Pitman, and Community Middle School in Plainsboro.

This is the second consecutive year Rowan University will host a qualifying round for the First State FIRST LEGO League (FFL) Competition.
       
Sponsored by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), the international competition is open to teams of up to 10 middle school children, ages 9-14, and seeks to excite kids about science and technology by engaging them in research, problem solving, and engineering, according to the organization's website.
   
Faculty judges, coaches, families, and the Rowan community will observe the teams compete in four categories: head-to-head competition of autonomous robots as they complete missions, design of the robots, teamwork and presentation of research on a project under the theme "Climate Connections Challenge."  The top teams will compete against winners of other qualifying rounds in the First State finals on Jan. 31 at the University of Delaware.    

The event at Rowan is co-chaired by Dr. Jennifer Kay, associate professor of computer science, and Dr. Hong Zhang, associate professor of mechanical engineering.  Rowan students from many related organizations, including American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Engineers Without Borders and Association for Computing Machinery, will help facilitate the event.

The schedule of events open to the public is as follows:

    11:30 a.m.    Opening Ceremonies
    3-4 p.m.       Head-to-head Robot Performance Competition
    4:30-5 p.m.  Awards and Closing Ceremony
   

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