Estherville, IA (KICD)–17 teams of kids ages 9-14 will be coming to the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Estherville on Saturday for the FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifying Competition.
Northwest Iowa STEM Hub Programmer Karrie Webb tells KICD News this will be their 2nd consecutive year hosting the event.
Past Challenges have been based on topics such as quality of life for seniors, nanotechnology, climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation. By designing the Challenges around such topics, participants are exposed to potential career paths within a chosen Challenge topic.
During the tournaments, teams have three rounds on the competition tables to get the best score possible. When not competing with their robots, teams give their research presentations, and are interviewed about the technical design of their robots and how they work as teams. Regional qualifiers may advance to the Championship event at Iowa State University in January. The winners of the Champion’s Award, the most prestigious award, may be eligible to participate in a variety of post-season tournament opportunities both domestic and abroad.
The day is free and spectators are encouraged to attend and watch all of the activities. The event starts at 9:10 a.m. Saturday at the Iowa Lakes Community College campus in Estherville and ends at approximately 2:30 p.m.