Lakeville Robotics is proud to be hosting two days of FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) robotics tournaments on November 18 & 19, 2017 at Lakeville South High School. The tournaments will include 40 to 56 teams each day competing to advance to the next level of FLL Sectional or FTC State competition.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology and foster self-confidence, critical thinking, problem solving, and teamwork skills.
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for fourth through eighth graders. Teams design, build, and program a robot using a LEGO Mindstorms kit to complete challenges for points on a 4-foot by 8-foot table. Along with the robot competition, teams research a real-world problem related to the season’s theme (this year’s is hydrodynamics), determine a solution to the problem and creatively present their solution to a panel of judges. FLL teams also compete in judged teamwork challenges.
FIRST Tech Challenge is a robotics program for seventh through 12th graders where teams CAD (Computer Aided Design) model, build and program an 18-inch by 18-inch by 18-inch robot made from materials including, but not limited to, a Tetrix kit of parts, 3D printed materials, machined parts, metal, wood and plastic. The FTC robot competes in a two on two format on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field. FTC teams also develop a business plan, a team budget, an Engineering Notebook, conduct outreach to the Engineering and Business community, and provide STEM opportunities to the local community and the FIRST community.
Six of Lakeville’s 11 FLL teams will compete at the Lakeville tournaments on Saturday or Sunday. One of Lakeville’s seven FTC teams will compete at the tournament on Sunday. Students from the remaining six LNHS and LSHS FTC teams will play crucial roles volunteering at the tournament to check in teams, queue teams for competition, emcee events and run concessions.
The two days of robotics events are free and open to the public. Competition will take place in the main gym at LSHS. Concessions will be available to support Lakeville Robotics, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, dedicated to promoting and growing FIRST Robotics programs in Lakeville. People also can support Lakeville Robotics and our Lakeville teams by volunteering your time.
IF YOU GO
Tournament Dates & Times
Saturday, Nov. 18 & Sunday, Nov. 19, 2017
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
21135 Jacquard Avenue
Lakeville, MN 55044