Worcester Polytechnic Institute Hosts No Limits Challenge, FIRST LEGO® League (FLL) Tournament
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE/December 9, 2004
Contact: WPI Media Relations, +1-508-831-5706
Hundreds of students between the ages of 9 and 14 will be converging on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute campus later this month to compete in RoboNautica 4, an official Massachusetts FIRST LEGO® League’s (FLL) tournament. They will be using their own LEGO-robotic inventions to play in this year’s game, No Limits, and will be presenting research projects that investigate the use of robotics technology.
The No Limits Challenge is designed to engage children in the process of devising technological solutions to help people with varying levels of ability. The Challenge missions ask children to create solutions for seemingly simple tasks that sometimes can present physical challenges, such as serving a meal, picking up a CD off of the floor, and climbing stairs.
Teams must design and develop a FLL robot to solve the missions on the playing fields.
FLL challenges tens of thousands of students worldwide to compete in teams and resolve problems faced by scientists and engineers conducting research in assistive technology. It introduces these young people to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.
FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created by Segway entrepreneur Dean Kamen (a member of the WPI Class of 1973) to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.
The 48 student teams competing in RoboNautica 4 hail from Connecticut, New York, Vermont and the following Massachusetts cities and towns:
Acton, Blackstone, Boston, Boylston, Clinton, Groton, Holden, Lawrence, Leicester, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Longmeadow, Lunenburg, Marlborough, Newton, Northbridge, Northborough, Norwell, Rutland, Sharon, Shrewsbury, Southborough, Stow, Westborough, West Boylston, and Worcester
Saturday, December 18, 2004
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
100 Institute Road
For more information, please visit the RoboNautica 4 Web site.