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Fourth through eighth graders to compete in LEGO hydrodynamic challenge

November 10, 2017 Updated: November 10, 2017 at 9:07 am
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The Southern Colorado FIRST LEGO League will hold a state qualifier robotics competition 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.  Saturday at Discovery Canyon Campus, 1810 North Gate Blvd., in the middle school gym.

This year’s theme is “The Human Water Cycle and Solving a Hydrodynamic Challenge.”

Local elementary and middle school-aged students in grades 4 – 8 research a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution and compete with LEGO-based robots of their own design.

Their robots must complete several water-related missions, such as replacing a broken pipe, flushing a toilet and capturing rain water.

The activity helps students to think and act like scientists and engineers.

The challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project and the Core Values.

Teams of up to 10 children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), and following  FIRST LEGO League Core Values. 

Colorado Springs Utilities employees are volunteering to judge Saturday’s event.

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