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LEGOs and robots and trash…oh my!

Jan. 14, 2016
Dirk Tedmon
Media Relations Specialist
LEGOs and robots and trash…oh my!
MINNEAPOLIS – On Jan. 16, nearly 1,500 students from 40 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) will come together to participate in civic-minded robotics activities. Kindergarten through eighth grade students will participate in the MPS Robotics Exhibition; fourth through eighth grade students may also participate in the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Regional Robotics Tournament. 
Robotics activities are part of MPS’ strategic priority of raising expectations and academic rigor for all students. MPS robotics teams are comprised of students involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), Girls in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE) programs. Staff members and volunteers from MPS and the Minnesota nonprofit High Tech Kids will run the event, which is free and open to the public.
The theme of this year’s FLL challenge is Trash TrekSM. According to FLL, the challenge “asks teams to explore the hidden but fascinating world of trash, from collection, to sorting, to smart production, and reuse. [Teams] must also invent a solution to help our trash problem and create their own LEGO MINDSTORMS® robot to accomplish trash-themed ‘missions’ on a playing field.”
Interim Superintendent Michael Goar said he is excited to attend the robotics competitions. “These tournaments highlight the creativity and ingenuity of our students while reinforcing the work happening each day in MPS classrooms. And by focusing on civic issues like the environment, our students learn how they can use STEM to change the world,” he said.
          What:     MPS Robotics Exhibition and FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Tournament
          When:     Saturday, Jan. 16
                           8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
          Where:   Anishinabe and Sullivan Elementary Schools
                           3100 E. 28th St.
                           Minneapolis, MN 55406
For more information about GEMS, GISE and the robotics tournaments, visit bit.ly/1nlvjp6. Information on the FIRST LEGO League is available at www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.