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First Lego League Tournament

Pearl River Elementary will host the Choctaw Tribal Schools 1st Lego League Tournament on November 19, 2011 at the PRES Gymnasium.

Can FIRST LEGO League Teams Improve Our Food?

In the 2011 Food Factor Challenge, over 200,000 9-14 year olds from across the country and over 55 countries will explore the topic of food safety and examine the possible points of contamination our food encounters - from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and storage - then find ways to prevent or combat these contaminates. http://usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll

What is the FIRST LEGO League?

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for children ages 9-14. It combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program and a research presentation with a sports-like atmosphere. Teams consist of up to 10 members and focus on such things as team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking.

Each September FLL teams around the world are provided with an annual Challenge. The Challenge is based on a set of real-world problems facing scientists today. It has two parts: a robot game and a project.

In the robot game teams design, build, program, and test autonomous robots that must perform a series of tasks, or missions. In the project, teams conduct research and create a technological or engineering solution to an aspect of the Challenge and present that solution.

The values and philosophy behind FLL.

When children build and experiment, they live the entire process of creating ideas, solving problems, and overcoming obstacles. The FIRST LEGO League International program meets children where they are and helps to shape a positive perception of science and technology. We believe that children's natural curiosity and creativity are critical qualities to envisioning possibilities and developing innovative solutions to challenging technology problems and opportunities. We therefore strive to strengthen their inherent motivation to learn in new ways.

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