FIRST is focusing its students on using LEGO MINDSTORM technologies and LEGO play materials to generate solutions around energy management and conservation as part of its 2007 Power Puzzle Challenge. Teams will be asked to program LEGO robots to help out in "missions exploring solar panels on houses, hydro-dams, wind turbines and planting trees," among other tasks.
Children in the FIRST program will work alongside adult mentors to do the scientific research and hands-on robotic work necessary to fulfill their missions. A similar challenge is being issued to the Junior FIRST Lego League as well, though it is more age appropriate for 6 to 9 year olds.
FIRST worked with a number of organizations, including the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of South Carolina, to develop this year's challenge.
written by weee, September 11, 2007
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