UMBC hosts MD LEGO Robotics Tournament

January 18th, 2007

LEGO robotMechanical Engineering professor Ann Spence is coordinating the Maryland LEGO Robotics Tournament which will be held this Saturday in the UMBC University Center Ballroom.

More than 500 middle-school youth and their families are expected to participate in the FIRST LEGO League State Tournament, a competition that builds students’ ability to design and program LEGO robots, on Saturday, Jan. 20 from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (source)

The FIRST LEGO League is an international robotics program intended to encourage enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. This year, teams will build LEGO robots to perform functions such as removing “pizza molecules” from a paper plate. Judges will evaluate the teams on their ability to program robots to achieve tasks relevant to nanotechnology, a scientific frontier focused on achieving advances in medicine and computers through research into particles 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a single strand of hair.

The UMBC MD LEGO robotics tournament is free and open to the public with the finals beginning at 3:30pm. I think it will be fun to watch.