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Second annual LEGO robotics events headed to orbit, moon

Rick Wagner • Dec 6, 2018 at 11:00 AM

KINGSPORT — The largest LEGO robotics competition in Tennessee is coming to the Model City Saturday.

STREAMWORKS Powered by Eastman (Chemical Co.) is presenting the second annual Model City FIRST LEGO League “Into Orbit” robotics competition qualifier and FIRST LEGO League Jr. “Mission Moon” Expo.

On Dec. 8, grades K-8 students will gather their crews for a space-themed STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) competition at Sevier Middle School, 1200 Wateree St. Doors open to the public at 9 a.m. and admission is free. The awards ceremony is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.

WHAT ARE THE COMPETITIONS LIKE?

FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the Into Orbit session, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in their space-themed project. They will also build, test and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.

Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of core values, celebrating discovery, teamwork and gracious professionalism. FIRST LEGO League Jr. is designed to introduce STEM concepts to kids ages 6 to 10 while exciting them through a brand they know and love, LEGO.

Teams also will experience a sense of wonder during the Mission Moon challenge. The teams will transport to the moon, where they make the rules, learn to thrive in a new environment and explore their surroundings.

STREAWORKS in April will sponsor an international underwater robotics competition at the Kingsport Aquatics Center.

WHAT IS STREAMWORKS?

Based in Kingsport, STREAMWORKS is an educational nonprofit program that delivers enhanced opportunities for K-12 students to participate in mentor- and project-based programs that focus on STEM skills; inspire innovation; and foster well-rounded life capabilities.

For additional information, contact Dennis Courtney, executive director of STREAMWORKS, at (423) 392-8826, (423) 579-4083 or [email protected]

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