Around 130 students to take part in the First Lego League, world's leading robotics competition for children hosted by the University of Alicante.
On Saturday 15 February, the UA lecture building No. 2 will host this international challenge aimed at children aged 6 to 16
Alicante, Thursday 13 February 2020
Around 130 students from schools all over the province are taking part this Saturday, 15 February 2020, in the robotics competition "First Lego League (FLL)" which is being held in the assembly hall of lecture building No. 2 at the University of Alicante (UA). In total, ten teams will participate in this local phase for young people between 10 and 16 years with the aim of promoting and making them be interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a creative teamed and fun environment. Also, the UA will host the “First Lego League Junior” aimed at children aged 6 to 9.
During the event, each participating team will have to perform four tests: an exhibition of the values they have learned while working as a team; an innovation project to solve some problems in their environment related to the challenge "City Shaper: better cities to live and work in"; present a robot to participate in the game; and pass several tests and complete the maximum number of missions in a maximum time of 2:30 minutes with the designed robot.
Based on the results of all these tests, a panel will decide on the six teams to be awarded the Robotix Whizz Kid Award, Robot Behaviour Award; Robot Design Award; Dragados Innovation Project Award, FIRST Values Award; and the Scientia Foundation Grand Award for the winner who qualifies for the Spanish Grand Final to be held in Santa Cruz de Tenerife on 28 and 29 March.
For the first time, the competition has funded all-girl teams through the Girls First programme to encourage female talent in science and technology vocations. In particular, the competition at the University of Alicante includes 44 girls, 36 over 10 years old and 8 in the Junior FLL competition, hence the connection of the championship with the activities planned by the University of Alicante on the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.
After the registration of the participants, the opening ceremony of FLL Alicante is scheduled at 10 am at assembly hall of UA lecture building No. 2 by UA Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Amparo Navarro, along with the teachers organising the local phase in Alicante.
The closing ceremony, scheduled for 1:15 pm, will be attended by representatives of the collaborating companies Robotix and Dragados, as well as UA Vice President for Campus and Technology Rafael Muñoz, UA Vice President for Research and Knowledge Transfer Amparo Navarro, UA Polytechnic School Director Andrés Montoyo, and lecturers Francisco Pujol and David Tomás.