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Robotics Competition Engages Students in Engineering
May 28, 2009

Sixty teams of students from across the United States proved their engineering skills at the FIRST LEGO┬« League (FLL) United States Open Championship in Dayton, Ohio, May 8th-9th. Battelle was the event’s primary sponsor.

More than 9,000 teams competed in regional tournaments for the chance to enter the FLL U.S. Open Championship, held at the Ervin J. Nutter Center and the Student Union on the Wright State University campus. A special team event also was held at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. Teams comprising three to ten students ages 9-14 collaborate to build and program a robot that must complete a number of tasks in a set time period. The teams are also evaluated on their research project, their robot design and programming, and their overall teamwork. Spectators cheer on the competitors during this “sport of the mind.”

Battelle awarded a $6,000 scholarship to the winning team, the Landroids, which is from New Jersey. The Battelle Award for Innovation in Science is a $6,000 STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) scholarship that is divided equally among team members so that students can broaden their background to enhance their personal STEM resumes. Additionally, each student on the winning team will have his or her own Battelle mentor until they graduate from college. Battelle will track their progress through the years and support them in meeting their personal educational and career goals.

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