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February 22, 2011

Maryland Students Learn Engineering Skills in State Lego Championship at UMBC

Close to 100 Teams Will Compete in Saturday’s Event

Anthony Lane - Communications Manager, Science, Technology and Environment
410-455-5793, 202-674-7811 (cell) -

Day of event:
Anne Spence – Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering
443-995-1457 (cell),

Jamie Gurganus – FIRST LEGO League Operational Partner Maryland
410-371-2292 (cell),

Close to 100 teams of elementary and middle school students will use LEGO robots to set broken bones, repair defective hearts and perform a variety of other biomedical tasks on Saturday, Feb. 26, at this year’s Maryland FIRST LEGO League championship at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). The statewide competition will challenge students to work together in teams and solve complex engineering problems as they design and program their robots to accomplish as many medical tasks as possible within a 2-minute 30-second time limit. The teams — each with up to 10 members — are judged for their research, teamwork and engineering accomplishments. The regular competition is open to students ages 9-14, with a junior division for children 6-9.

Saturday, Feb. 26: Opening ceremony at noon; challenge matches begin at 1 p.m.

A full schedule and other details can be found here.

Retriever Activities Center (link to map)
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD 21250

Posted by alane at February 22, 2011 2:58 PM