FIRST Lego League District Tournament This Saturday

NEWARK, Ohio, January 4, 2017 – The FIRST Lego League (FLL) district tournament is being held in the John Gilbert Reese Center on the shared campus of The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) on Jan. 7.

FLL is a program for 9 through 14 year olds. The tournament 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. A robot competition will take place at 1 p.m. Each team will have 2 minutes, 30 seconds to run their robot to perform specific tasks on the competition table. It is free and open to the public. Closing ceremonies will take place at 3:45 p.m. 

This year's theme is Animal Allies. The project mission is to improve interactions between animals and humans. Teams will conduct research on a specific problem related to animal-human interactions and come up with an innovative solution.  

Ohio has more than 500 FLL teams competing this year. The 16 teams competing on the Newark campus advanced from four regional tournaments held in Licking County in November and December. 

FIRST​ is a worldwide nonprofit organization with robotics programs for children in kindergarten through 12th grade. Six teams from the Newark campus tournament will advance to the Ohio state championship on Feb. 4-5, 2017 held in Dayton, Ohio.

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 an academic environment that's challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.