Rockwell Automation, headquartered in Milwaukee and a provider of power, control and information solutions, has provided the Wisconsin FIRST LEGO League program, sponsored and housed in the School of Education, College of Professional Studies, at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, support in the amount of $10,000.
This represents a one-time, co-sponsorship of the Wisconsin FLL State Tournament to be held in December.
FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for children created in a partnership between For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) and the LEGO Company. Each September FLL announces the annual challenge to teams, which engages them in hands-on robotics design and scientific research. After eight weeks, the FLL season culminates at sports-like tournaments. This year, over 34,500 children in North America and 5,500 children from 11 countries are participating in the FLL program.
In this year’s challenge, FLL teams will find ways to help people with different levels of physical ability with the goal of equal access for all regardless of physical differences.
Each FLL team will build and program a robot that addresses the specific needs of people who face physical challenges. Teams will research and present robotics technology solutions to help individuals in their community perform the everyday actions that many people take for granted.
The Wisconsin FLL program coordinates this program in the Wisconsin Creative Problem Solving Programs (WCPSP) Office. Director Pat Schoonover and Linda Rice, program assistant, are available to answer questions at 715-346-4713 or by e-mail, [email protected]. To learn more about the program visit www.firstlegoleague.org. The state Web site is http://www.uwsp.edu/education/creative/fll.