Thursday, October 25, 2012

FIRST Lego League Tournament at UNCA November 3rd!

Come cheer on Claxton 4th adn 5th grade students as the flex their Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) education skills at the FIRST Lego League Tournament at UNCA on November 3rd!

What to expect at the tournament: Teams spend the first half of the day in closed judging sessions presenting their research, demonstrating and discussing how the Core Values informed the work they did together, and explaining how they designed and programmed the robot.  The afternoon is filled with back to back rounds of table competition.  Teams square off at back to back tables, and compete both against their own best scores and in cooperative and competitive tasks that involve the other team. Each round last only 2.5 minutes and teams keep the best score from their three opportunities to compete.   The afternoon is a fast-paced and exciting.  The competition is free and open to the public. 
The tentative tournament day schedule includes:
12:45pm Parade of Teams & Opening Ceremony
1:15pm – 3:15pm Robot Runs
3:45pm Awards Ceremony

The tournament at UNCA is a qualifying event, and the teams that score the best across all areas of competition will progress to regional competitions and then on to state-wide competitions.  Claxton had a team progress to the state level last year.  So, come on out and cheer on this year's teams as they show how their skills!

Oh!  And keep an eye on WLOS New 13's Never Stop Learning for an upcoming story on our teams!

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