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Children in FIRST LEGO League event hope to find 'Senior Solutions'

November 5, 2012

Children ages 9 to 14 will explore a radical idea Saturday, Nov. 10, at UW-Stout. Can they help people two generations older — senior citizens — live better lives?

“Senior Solutions” is the national theme for this year’s FIRST LEGO League competitions, including the regional event at the Memorial Student Center. Teams will be asked to solve everyday problems that senior citizens face. They have a group project and will build a robot using LEGOs and science, engineering and critical thinking skills.

FIRST LEGO logoMorning project judging begins at 9 a.m. An opening ceremony begins at noon, and robot competition gets under way at 12:45 p.m. An awards and closing ceremony begins at 3:30 p.m.

About 10 area teams are expected. Regional winners advance to the state competition, and state winners move on to the world tournament.

Worldwide, about 200,ooo children from 55 countries participate in the FIRST LEGO League. About 2,000 participate in Wisconsin.

The tournament has been held at UW-Stout since 2005. About 90 UW-Stout faculty, staff and students are expected to volunteer. The co-sponsor is Xcel Energy.

For more information about the event go here or about the league go to FIRST LEGO.

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