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Press Release for Thursday, December 13, 2012

UNF CCEC Hosts FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifying Event

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 

The University of North Florida’s College of Computing, Engineering and Construction will host the FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Regional Qualifying Event from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, at the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43, Banquet Room, on the UNF campus.  


This is the first FLL Regional Qualifier, initiated and spearheaded by UNF’s School of Engineering, to ever be held at UNF and a first for the CCEC, which is providing some of the judges, coaches, mentors and volunteers from its departments on campus.  


The FLL is open to students ages 9 to 14. Teams of up to 10 participants, with one adult coach, participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed-playing field (robot game), developing a solution to a problem they’ve identified (the project), all guided by the FLL core values. At the conclusion of the qualifying event, teams can choose to attend an official tournament. Currently, there are eight local teams and one from Daytona Beach registered to participate:  


  • Arlington Middle School 
  • Bulldogs, The Bolles School 
  • Hi-TecHurricanes, David Hinson Middle School (Daytona Beach, Fla.)  
  • Eugene Butler Middle School 
  • Flobots, FLoSTEM Academy 
  • Senior Systems and Nonobytes, Ghandi Memorial Society Inc.  
  • Wisdom Warriors, Loretto Elementary School 
  • Mindstorm Makers, Sabal Palm Elementary 
  • San Jose Trojans and San Jose Trojans 8, San Jose Catholic School 


In the 2012 Senior Solutions Challenge, more than 200,000 children ages 9 to 16 from more than 60 countries will explore the topic of aging and how it may affect a person’s ability to maintain his or her lifestyle—solving issues like getting around, keeping in touch or staying fit.  


FLL is an international program for 9 to 14 year-old children created in a partnership between FIRST and The ® Group in 1998 based on a common belief that fun and learning go hand-in-hand, and that an inspired mind can accomplish anything. Using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO® play materials, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build and program robots to complete missions based on real-world challenges. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. For more information about FLL, visit .  


This event is free and open to the public. For more information about this event, contact Kathie Carswell, UNF School of Engineering, at (904) 620-1392 or at . 


UNF, a nationally ranked university located on an environmentally beautiful campus, offers students who are dedicated to enriching the lives of others the opportunity to build their own futures through a well-rounded education.