Florida Advanced Technological Education Center (FLATE), the National Science Foundation (NSF) Center of Excellence in high-tech manufacturing at Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in Brandon, is sponsoring a qualifying tournament at the Suncoast chapter of the FIRST Lego League(FLL) competition. For the past four years the Center has partnered with Tech PlayZone, Jet’s Pizza, and HCC in giving local students an opportunity to engage in a national competition that is truly a “sports for the mind.” On December 8, 2012, sixteen teams from the Tampa Bay region will compete in the robotics game, research presentation, and technical interview that are part of the competition. The event will be held at HCC in Brandon, and will focus on core values team building exercises.
The 2013 FLL robotics theme is senior solutions. As part of the competition, participants ages 9-14will explore solutions to problems faced by senior citizens. The competition requires teams to partner with a senior citizen over the age of 60, and research innovative solutions to obstacles that keep seniors from having quality and engaging lifestyles in their communities. In addition to providing research projects at the tournaments, teams will also compete in a 2.5 minute robot challenge seeking to earn as many points as possible. Team robots are pre-programmed to accomplish predefined tasks on a mission field. During the competition, teams will design, build, and program LEGO Mindstorms NXT robots to earn points during the 3 round robotic games.
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The event is free and open to the public. TechPlayzone hosts two FLL robotic teams that meet during the week and on weekends for practice. Team members and families volunteer at the tournament to fund raise. The Techno Whizards (12002) are a veteran Champion team. The Programming Thunderbots (13532) are a rookie award winning team.
For more information on FIRST Lego League, or the Suncoast FLL Robotics tournament, call tournament director Desh Bagley at 813.684.7329, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For professional development, training for teachers, and robotics enrichment opportunities for students contact Dr. Marilyn Barger, executive director of FLATE, at email@example.com, or visit www.fl-ate.org, and www.madeinflorida.org.
FLATEis a National Science Foundation Regional Center of Excellence, committed to ensuring Florida has a well prepared workforce for advanced and emerging technologies. Created in 2004, FLATE is one of 46 Advanced Technological Education Centers in the United States funded by the National Science Foundation focused on improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education and training to meet the needs of American advanced technology industries. For more information visit www.fl-ate.org.
Founded in 1968 as part of Florida’s 28-member community college system, Hillsborough Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Over 47,000 students take advantage of HCC’s vast course offerings and multiple campus locations in Tampa, Brandon, Plant City, Ybor City, MacDill Air Force Base, Ruskin, and via online learning environment.