News Release
For Immediate Release
Contact: Chrysten Crockett
(803) 327-8032

December 6, 2013

York Tech to Host Annual Lego League Competition, Winners to Compete for State Championship

ROCK HILL For the 13th year in a row, students from the York County School District will get the opportunity to display their natural-disaster-themed FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) projects at York Technical College on Friday, December 6 in the Student Center Atrium from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

This year, the FLL has challenged students aged 9-16 to create their LEGO masterpieces with natural disasters in mind. In the 2013 “Nature’s Fury” challenge, students are tasked with discovering what can be done when intense natural events meet the places where people live, work, and play. While thinking like scientists and engineers, the Nature’s Fury teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot (using LEGO MINDSTORMS technology) to solve a set of missions in a Robot Game. Not only that, but they will be challenged to choose and solve a real-world problem.

York Tech Engineering Technology Department Chair Cree Stout is serving as the FLL Qualifier Coordinator. She has spent months leading the judging process by coordinating the judging panel and ensuring that members of the panel are well versed on FLL rules, requirements and judging criteria.

“We are excited for the teams to come to York Tech and display the projects they’ve worked so hard on. Amongst a list of qualifying criteria, we are going to be judging on innovation, team work, gracious professionalism, and the actual project itself,” Stout said.

What FLL teams accomplish with these projects is nothing short of amazing. It’s a fun and exciting time for students to build skills that will last a lifetime, such as team building, presenting and critical thinking. The winner that York Tech selects will qualify to compete in the state compeition.

Vice President of Business Services Marc Tarplee initiated the FLL Operational Partnership for York Tech in 2000. Since then, it has been an ever-evolving opportunity for York Tech to provide a rewarding experience to students in the York County School District.

“I always found this competition to be very exciting, two hundred plus middle schoolers bring a lot of energy with them,” Tarplee said.

About FIRST® LEGO® League:
FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome.

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