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On 29 of November ACG Strathallan Karaka will host the 6th Annual FIRST LEGO League New Zealand Championship.

28 teams of children from around New Zealand will compete in a LEGO Mindstorms robotics competition designed to inspire and excite students about science and technology. Each year the competition theme changes and teams must research a real world problem based on the topic. This year’s topic is “WORLD CLASS” where teams must investigate how students will learn in the future.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16 year-old children (9 to 14 in the U.S. and Canada) created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. The competition season culminates at high-energy, sports-like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.

FIRST was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen (inventor of the Segway). The FIRST mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership.

Details:
Venue: ACG Strathallan Hayfield Way, RD1, Papakura, Auckland
Time: Robot competition rounds from 12 to 3 pm. Open to the public at no charge.
Teams: 28 teams from around New Zealand including participants aged 9 to 16 years.