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We’re not lion — The MPS robotics tournament is the mane place to be this weekend!

Jan. 13, 2017
Dirk Tedmon
Media Relations Specialist
We’re not lion — The MPS robotics tournament is the mane place to be this weekend!
MINNEAPOLIS – Watch as more than 1,600 students from 46 Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) come together to use robots for good. Students in grades four through eight will participate in the MPS Regional FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Tournament, while students in kindergarten through eighth grade will showcase their skills in the MPS Robotics Exhibition.
FLL has named ANIMAL ALLIESSM the theme of this year’s challenge: “Get ready. Get set. Roar! Or you could bark, quack or squeak, because [this] season is all about our furry, feathered and finned friends.” The challenge asks teams to “think of people and animals as allies in the quest to make life better for everyone…and conduct a real-world research project about improving interactions between people and animals.” Students must then design innovative solutions to the challenge and “build LEGO® robots that perform autonomous ‘missions.’”
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.
What:       Regional FIRST LEGO League Robotics Tournament and Robotics Exhibition
When:      Saturday, Jan. 14
                  8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Where:    Anishinabe and Sullivan schools
                  3100 E. 28th St.
                  Minneapolis, MN 55406
Learn more about the GEMS/GISE program at alc.mpls.k12.mn.us/program_overview_3. Information on the FIRST LEGO League is available at http://www.firstinspires.org/robotics/fll.