December 1, 2014 — Central
Ohio Technical College (COTC) and The Ohio State University at Newark will host
and sponsor an Ohio FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Robotics Regional Tournament to
be held on Saturday, December 6, in the John Gilbert Reese Center. The event
will include more than 24 central Ohio teams, including 15 from the
Newark/Granville area, making this the largest FLL tournament in the central
Ohio region. This marks the fourth consecutive year that an FLL tournament will
be hosted on the Newark campus. The public is invited to attend the robot
performance portion of the competition, which will be held from 12:30 to 3:55
pm in the Reese Center’s Alford Performing Arts Hall. The closing ceremony will
be held at 4:15 pm in the same location.
FLL is a
non-profit collaboration between the LEGO Group and the FIRST organization, an
acronym meaning For Inspiration and Recognition of Science
and Technology. Its multidisciplinary program allows teams of three to
10 children, ages nine to 14, to solve a real-life scientific problem through a
combination of engineering, computer programming, problem solving, research,
presentation and teamwork. The program, founded in 1989, is committed to
exciting and inspiring children to excel in math and science through a fun yet
challenging robotic competition. Each year, more than 200,000 youth participate
in FIRST competitions in 50 states and 57 countries, creating more than 17,000
robots. Ohio FLL has been holding tournaments since 2004.
To support this
important educational experience, COTC and Ohio State Newark are donating the
use of the Reese Center facilities along with campus technical equipment, staff
support, printing/copying services and other items to the tournament
coordinators, the Granville Robotics Organization.
“In light of the
workforce needs in our region, this is an excellent time for our shared campus
to host this important organization and its work to nurture children’s
interests and abilities in the STEMM [science, technology, engineering,
mathematics and medicine] fields,” stated William L. MacDonald, Ph. D.,
dean/director at Ohio State Newark.
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 COTC, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin
working in the field or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree
program. Ohio State Newark offers the best of the Big Ten educational
experience, access to Ohio State’s 175 major programs, a rich research heritage
and academic excellence.