Nigerian children to participate in 2019 FLL robotic challenge

Picture: Participants at the 2018 edition of the League
Picture: Participants at the 2018 edition of the League

Susan Onuorji

Nigerian children are set to participate in the 2019 edition of FIRST ® LEGO® League (FLL) robotic challenge.

The challenge which would be held on the 18th and 19th of January, 2019 at  Baze University, Abuja is targeted at exploring children’s application of research and creativity in science. 

According to press release issued to newsmen, the robotic challenge will feature 37  teams  of 9 to 16 year-old children and Coaches who will demonstrate their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship, and sense of community.

 “More than 350 children from every Geopolitical region across Nigeria will participate in the INTO ORBIT Season event”.

“Teams will have to program their LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots to solve a set of missions on an obstacle course set on a thematic playing surface”.

“For the INTO ORBIT Challenge, FIRST LEGO League League collaborated with organizations LEGO Education, Challenge Advisory Team organizations and other specialists to create a theme and challenge missions that reflect real-world issues. Participating teams are to explore, challenge and innovate in the demanding and inspiring expanse we call space”.

The report further added that  “the competition is judged in three areas: project; robot design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored”.

“The top three teams will represent Nigeria at various international tournaments including the World Festival at Houston, Texas and International Open Championships in Turkey, Lebanon, Australia and Uruguay”.

 “The international competitions provide teams with an opportunity to test their mettle against other teams from around the world and also help them realize great learning outcomes.

“The Tournament is being supported by SAP, Irish Aid, NAPPS.
FIRST LEGO League is an international program for 9- to 16-year-olds (ages vary by country) created in a partnership between FIRST and the LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable career and life skills. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO® Education materials, children work alongside adult Mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.

Currently in its nineenth year, FIRST LEGO League anticipates participation by approximately 55,000 teams in more than 80 countries competing in hundreds of Qualifying Tournaments and Championship Tournaments.

About 250000 children from approximately 80 countries will compete to win honors and recognition globally.Teams will also have the opportunity to participate at the FIRST LEGO League World Festivals, to be held in conjunction with the FIRSTChampionships in Houston Texas in April.
 
The program which is organized by coderina in partnership with the Federal Ministry of Education, Nigeria aims to  bring students from public and private schools together for collaborative and cooperative learning.

Coderina is a non profit organization that leverages technology tools and computing pedagogy to foster an ecosystem of students and teachers well-grounded in applicability of computing, coding and problem solving techniques.
 
To learn more about the FIRST LEGO League Tournament in Nigeria and how your school, organization or company can be part of it, please check www.coderina.org  or email hello@coderina.org
 
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