Lego League returning to CUS

MORROW — The First Lego League Super Regionals are once again returning to Clayton State University, according to a news release issued by CSU this week.

This year’s version of the competition for regional young STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) whizzes ages nine to 14 will be an all-day event held in Clayton State’s James M. Baker University Center on Jan. 11, once again under the sponsorship of the College of Information and Mathematical Science (CIMS). Directing the program will be Assistant Professor of Mathematics Scott Bailey. The public is welcome to attend, free of charge.

The competition will be the Championship Qualifying Round for 32 teams of regionally-local students. According to CIMS Dean Lila Roberts, this year’s competition will have a timely focus — on bringing awareness toward helping people affected by natural disasters. “Nature’s Fury” will explore awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events meet the places people live, work and play. The FLL Challenge has three parts — the Robot Game, the Project and the Core Values.

Organizers said the FLL competition will also highlight student understanding of the STEM disciplines with a focus on computer science and robotics, as well as a common civility through teamwork, core values, basic research methods, scholarly competition and fun.

CIMS Assistant Dean Jarrett Terry has been recruiting volunteers for the competition from the Clayton State community for some time, and expects a good turnout of volunteers.

Further information on the 2014 competition, including the topic “Nature’s Fury,” is available on the FLL website at: http://www.firstlegoleague.org/challenge/2013naturesfury. The website for all FLL Georgia events is: https://fll-ceismc.gatech.edu/

The 2013 Lego League competition at Clayton State’s theme was seniors and enhancing living conditions. Participants were given tasks that they had to complete by programming their Lego robots to do them. The tasks would correlate to the senior theme and would consist of picking up a tipped over chair and other tasks a senior citizen may encounter.