Worcester Polytechnic Institute to host Robonautica III, First LEGO League (FLL) Tournament

Contact: WPI Media Relations, Pat Samson 508-831-5616


Hundreds of students between the ages of 9 and 14 will be competing in RoboNautica III, the FIRST LEGO League's (FLL) Central Massachusetts State Tournament. They will be using their own LEGO-robotic inventions to play in this year's game, "Mission Mars," and will be presenting research projects that investigate the use of robotics technology.

This year’s challenge is to unlock the fascinating world that lives in MISSION MARS and experience challenges encountered by scientists and space engineers currently working on Mars space missions.

Teams must design and develop a FLL robot to solve the missions on the playing fields.

FLL challenges students to compete in teams and resolve problems faced by scientists and engineers conducting research in space travel.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created by Segway entrepreneur Dean Kamen (who went to college at WPI) to inspire in young people, their schools and communities an appreciation of science and technology.


40 student teams from hailing from Connecticut, New York, Vermont and the following Massachusetts cities and towns:

Acton, Blackstone, Boylston, Clinton, Grafton, Groton, Holden, Hyannis, Leominster, Longmeadow, Lunenburg, Mansfield, Medford, Newton, Northbridge, Northboro, Norwell, Sharon, Shrewsbury, South Deerfield, Tyngsboro, Westboro, West Boylston, Westminster, and Worcester


Saturday, December 13, 2003, 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Event is free to the public, and handicapped accessible


Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Harrington Auditorium
100 Institute Road, Worcester, Mass.

More Info:

For more information, call (508) 831-5616, or e-mail pmsamson@wpi.edu.