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FIRST Lego League Regional Tournament December 19

NEWARK, Ohio, December 14, 2015 - The regional tournament of the FIRST Lego League is being held Saturday, December 19, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in The John Gilbert Reese Center located on the campus of Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is a program for 9 – 14 year olds.  It is comprised of three parts: the robot game, a research project and core values (teamwork).  Teams are judged in the morning on the robot design, their project and their core values. Judging in the morning is closed to the public. FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

This year's theme is Trash Trek. The project mission is to make less trash or improve the way people handle the trash we make. Teams will have done research on a specific problem related to trash and come up with an innovative solution. In the past, several teams have received patents on their project solution.

The robot competition will take place in the afternoon.  Each team will have two minutes and 30 seconds to run their robot to perform specific tasks on the competition table.  It is free and open to the public. 

Ohio has more 400 First Lego League (FLL) teams competing this year.  Twenty four teams from Central Ohio will be competing on the campus of COTC and Ohio State Newark.  Teams are coming from Dublin, Columbus, Gahanna, Newark and Granville. 

The Newark City Schools runs a FLL program through their middle schools, and The Works sponsors two teams. There will be seven teams advancing from this tournament to the district tournament in Dublin on January 16th.

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark  have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio.  At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program.  The Ohio State University at Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational experience, access to Ohio State's 200 major programs, a rich research heritage and academic excellence.