Union Station and Crown Center will be the place for all things LEGO® this weekend. The Time Warner Cable Greater Kansas City FIRST® LEGO League (FLL) Championship will be held at Union Station on Saturday, January 18 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.
FLL is for students aged 9-14, where teams are assigned a design challenge and a LEGO MindStorms kit and learn how to design, build, and program their robot. This year's challenge, one of the largest robotics competitions in the state, is Nature's Fury.
“More than 400 elementary and middle school students from Kansas and Missouri, representing 41 teams, have been working to build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® software,” Laura Loyacono, Director, KC STEM Alliance. “While solving missions and maneuvering their robots, these students learn that helping one another is the foundation of teamwork. They are so excited to qualify and eager to visit Union Station and compete.”
The event will also feature the LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Kansas City’s All Star LEGO Building Challenge in the Crown Center Atrium. Pre-registered participants will compete in two age categories, ages 8-11 and 12-15. Each group will be given 30 minutes each round to build a LEGO model based on a designated theme. Participants will have the opportunity to win amazing prizes, with the top winner in each category winning a weeklong apprenticeship with Jeremiah Boehr, Master Model Builder at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City, during Spring Break 2014.
“By studying robotics, students are able to get a big-picture view for how the world around them works, as well as how things are invented,” said Perry Watson, Area Vice President, Operations, Time Warner Cable. “Events like this challenge students and show them that science, technology, engineering and math is more than just what they learn in the classroom – it’s also about solving real-world problems, and the exciting atmosphere of these competitions really allows kids to discover science and technology in a whole new way.”
Schedule of events for Time Warner Cable Greater Kansas City FIRST LEGO League Championship
9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. – Opening Ceremony
9:45 a.m. – 11:15 a.m. – FIRST LEGO League Competition
Noon – 4:00 p.m. – FIRST LEGO League Competition
4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. – Awards Ceremony
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LEGOLAND Discovery Center Kansas City opened April 2012. This is the fourth LEGOLAND Discovery Center in the United States. Described as stepping into the biggest box of LEGO bricks in the world, the $15 million, 30,000-square-foot interactive attraction features hands-on play areas, a 4D Cinema, master classes from the LEGO Master Model Builder, LEGO-themed rides, and special party rooms for birthdays and other celebrations. This highly interactive and educational 2-3 hour indoor experience is ideal for families with children.
FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is a national partner with Connect a Million Minds (CAMM), an initiative of Time Warner Cable. CAMM’s goal is to connect one million young minds to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) through after school programs such as those offered by FIRST robotics.
KC STEM Alliance supports local schools by assisting in the implementation of FIRST ®), providing mentor-based after-school programs that inspire innovation, build STEM skills and foster self-confidence, communication and leadership. Programs include FIRST Robotics Competition, FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST LEGO® League and Junior FIRST LEGO® League. For more information visit kcfirst.org and kcstem.
FIRST® LEGO League Regional Championship Sponsors & Sponsorship Information: Presented by Time Warner Cable and sponsored by KC STEM Alliance, LEGOLAND Discovery Center, Kansas City SEA LIFE Aquarium and Science City at Union Station.