University of Illinois hosts Illinois Tesla Robotics Championships
More than 300 students ages 9 to 14 representing the top 48 teams in the state will descend on Champaign to compete in the finals from 1-5 pm Saturday. The competition began with more than 550 teams, who competed in qualifying tournaments throughout the state.
FIRST® LEGO® League is a friendly, high-tech event that challenges young participants to learn together as teams. The theme this season is Into Orbit. Teams have programmed and built autonomous robots, using the LEGO® Mindstorms system, to perform a number of challenges. Teams have also completed a research project and have identified a human or social problem faced during long duration space exploration within our sun’s solar system and proposed a solution.
The overall winner advances to one of the FIRST LEGO League World Festivals where teams from around the globe compete. This year’s World Festivals are April 17-20 in Houston and April 24-27 in Detroit.