Lego tourney sends robots on renewable energy missions

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

From a story in the Appleton Post-Crescent:

APPLETON — Appleton East High School will host the Wisconsin State Championship First Lego League Tournament from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sunday.

The event will feature 400 children ages 9 through 14. A total of 48 teams have qualified for state through regional events.

State team project presentations will run from 8:30 a.m. to noon, with opening ceremonies at 12:15 p.m. and robot competitions from 12:45 to 4:30 p.m. The competition is free and open to the public.

Fox Valley area children are among 100,000 students around the world who are taking part in the 2007 First Lego League Power Puzzle Challenge. To successfully complete the challenge, teams must build and program a Lego Mindstorms robot to complete "missions" involving solar panels, wind turbines, hydro-dams and tree planting.