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Clayton State preps for First Lego League Super Regionals

MORROW — Clayton State University officials are preparing for an assembly of hundreds of potential engineers.

“They’ve been preparing for it for several months,” said Clayton State spokesman John Shiffert.

Organizers are setting up for local teams to battle in the First Lego League Super Regionals Jan. 11.

The annual contest pits teams of students, ages 9 to 14, against one another as they use their skills in robotics to compete in disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It is an all-day event held in Clayton State’s James M. Baker University Center through the sponsorship of the College of Information and Mathematical Science.

College Dean Lila Roberts said this year’s “Nature’s Fury”-theme competition will have a timely focus on bringing awareness to helping people affected by natural disasters. It is designed to explore the effects of natural disasters such as hurricanes, earthquakes, wildfires and tsunamis while teams attempt to discover what can be done when they occur.