44 of the top FIRST LEGO League Teams (ages 10-14) competed in the Northern State Championships Dec 10th at the IPWF campus in Fort Wayne.
This included 10 of the top teams from the local E3 Robotics Qualifying Tournament, in Elkhart, and 8 teams from the NCI Qualifying Tournament in Granger.
FIRST LEGO League, and FIRST LEGO League Jr are a part of FIRST, For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. FIRST is trying to help inspire kids grades K-12 to love science and technology and seek jobs in these high paying fields of work.
Each year a new theme comes out for teams each year. This years theme is "Animal Allies" for FIRST LEGO League, teams focused on Animals, their habitats, and the human interaction with them.
For those FIRST LEGO League Teams they also focus on a Robot Game. With teams competing on a 4'x8' board with the "Animal Allies" them. Some of the challenges teams had to design and program their robot for was to transport a Bee on to a Bee Hive, Move a Dog Trainer and Animal Vet to marked areas on the board. Collect food and feed animals around the board, and if possible try to hang their robot on a wall with a gecko!