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FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage- Wednesday November 12, 2003

Local students and their robots blast off to Mars to prepare the Red Planet for colonization at the FIRST LEGO League Scrimmage on Wednesday, November 12, 2003 from 5-8pm at the Houghton Elementary Gym. The scrimmage is hosted by the Western UP Center for Science, Mathematics and Environmental Education and MTU Robotics Enterprise. FIRST LEGO League for children ages 9-14 combines a hands-on, interactive robotics program with a sports-like atmosphere using the LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System. Teams consist of 10 players with the focus on team building, problem solving, creativity, and analytical thinking. Teams face an annual Challenge emulating a real world event or situation and must research, plan, build, program and test a fully autonomous robot capable of accomplishing the Challenge. The 2003 Challenge is Mission Mars, students will hop on board and blast off with FIRST LEGO League's Justin Case on his exploration of the universe. The playing field is the planet Mars. The Challenge is to visit the Red Planet and explore the Martian landscape with visions of colonization. The following local teams will participate in the scrimmage. Mindbuilders- Ironwood Middle School Hancock Robots- Hancock Elementary Houghton's Mission- Houghton Elementary Dollar Bay Bots- Dollar Bay Elementary Gremlins- Houghton Middle School Hancock MS- Hancock Middle School Lake Linden -Hubbell Robots- Lake Linden Middle School

The public is welcome to attend the scrimmage and experience first hand the excitement of FIRST LEGO Robotics. For more information about the FIRST LEGO League Program.

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