Minnesota FIRST LEGO League chooses Senior Solutions competition theme

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MHTA – Minnesota FIRST® LEGO® League (MN FLL®) is part of an international program that includes more than 200,000 kids in 63 countries. It is a team-based, hands-on program that provides challenging and exciting learning opportunities for students aged 9 to 14.

The theme for this year’s competition is “Senior Solutions” and students will be building and programming a LEGO Mindstorm robot to accomplish missions related to the joys and challenges of aging. Students will also be identifying a challenge faced by a senior in their lives and developing an innovative solution to keeping that senior engaged, independent and connected to their community. During the FIRST® LEGO® League tournaments, each teams robot will compete in three 2.5 minute performance rounds, present their innovative solution and be judged on their technical design and programming.

Minnesota has the most FIRST® LEGO® League teams (509 teams) per capita in the world, one team for every 10,500 residents in Minnesota. High Tech Kids, a Minnesota 501 (c)(3) nonprofit, supports FLL teams in Minnesota by offering training, tournament opportunities, research workshops, volunteer coordination and community outreach.

Since its inception in 1999, High Tech Kids has grown from serving 175 youth to more than 25,000 across the state, with the help of over 700 volunteers. Minnesota FIRST® LEGO® League spurs innovation, develops teamwork and leadership skills and promotes excitement in science and technology. Tournaments are free and open to the public.

FIRST LEGO League Season Schedule

November 17: FIRST LEGO League Volunteer Judge and Referee Training, Plymouth

November 17: Minnesota STEM Network Social Hour, Plymouth

November 17: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Plymouth

November 28: FIRST LEGO League Volunteer Judge and Referee Training, University of Minnesota

December 1: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Mounds View

December 1: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Eagan

December 2: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Mounds View

December 8: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Northome

December 8: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Elk River

December 8: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, St. Paul Public Schools

December 15: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Duluth

December 15: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, St. Paul

December 15: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Rochester

December 15: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Lakeville

December 16: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, St. Paul

December 16: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Lakeville

January 5: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Minneapolis

January 19: FIRST LEGO League Tournament, Minneapolis Public Schools

February 2: FIRST LEGO League State Championship, St. Paul

February 23: FIRST LEGO League Rookie Tournament, University of Minnesota

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