TRURO- Armed with LEGOÂ® robots, youth teams across Nova Scotia are ready to demonstrate what can be done when nature strikes.
The areaâ€™s 2013 FIRSTÂ® LEGOÂ® League (FLL) qualifying tournament will be held at Nova Scotia Community Collegeâ€™s (NSCC) Truro Campus on Saturday, November 30, 2013. The public is welcome to view the competition which runs from 1p.m. to 3 p.m.
Nine teams of students, ages 9 to 14, have spent the last few months constructing robotics using LEGOÂ® - the world-famous toy construction set - which will compete in a series of challenges to be judged by NSCC faculty and volunteers. The theme of this yearâ€™s competition, Natureâ€™s Fury, is to show how communities can prepare for and respond to natural disasters like tornadoes, floods and earthquakes. The competition also involves a project where teams will present an innovative solution to a fictional natural disaster in a real community.
Teams are competing for the right to move up to the Nova Scotia Championship Tournament, to be held on February 15, 2014 at Acadia University in Wolfville. There they will meet up with over 30 other teams from around the province who advanced from similar qualifying events. In total, over 400 youth from across the province will compete at five regional campuses in the coming weeks.
The league, based out of New Hampshire, U.S.A., uses the friendly competition to encourage youth to get involved in science and technology through fun and meaningful learning.
FLL began in 1998 when the organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and LEGOÂ® joined forces to create this unique program. For more information on the league go to: http://www.nscc.ca/news_events/events/lego.asp