Coastal Kids’ Robotics Competition December 6


On Saturday, December 6, approximately 70 elementary and middle school students will gather at Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career Institute for the fourth annual Coastal Kids’ Robotics Competition.

Through the nationwide FIRST LEGO League program, students in grades 4-8 compete in robot design competitions, with their technical work complimented by open ended research projects. Projects this year focus on “Climate Connections.”

The first- and secondplace teams will advance to the January super-regionals in Warner Robins, with top teams from the super-regionals advancing to the state competition in Atlanta.

The December 6 event is family-friendly and open to the public. The program will kick off at 10:00 a.m. and end with awards at 3:00 p.m. The Woodville Tompkins Technical and Career Institute is located at 151 Coach Joe Turner Street in Savannah.

Unlike a traditional science fair, in which students work on individual projects, LEGO League has cultivated a sports-like atmosphere in which spectators are drawn into the competition, cheering the teams on. Interest in grade-school and middleschool robotics has grown in popularity in the Creative Coast, with the Coastal Kids’ Competition involving two teams in 2005 and seven teams this fall.

Coastal Kids’ Robotics is a program of Georgia Tech-Savannah, and is coordinated by the office of Math, Science and Technology Initiatives (MaST). Related programs include Creative Technology Summer Camps for grades 4-12, hands-on robotics workshops by request, and introductions to engineering for middle school and high school career days.

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