The Edmond Sun

October 25, 2013

Future engineers help master natural disasters

Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Francis Tuttle’s Pre-Engineering Academy will present its fourth annual First Lego League tournament free to public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 9 at the Bruce Gray Center on the Portland campus.

Twenty-two elementary and middle school teams from across the metro will participate in this year’s competition. This year’s challenge is Nature’s Fury. The teams will design, build and program robots to look at what can be done when natural disasters impact the places and communities we know and love. The teams also will compete to see which robot can complete this year’s challenge.

“Francis Tuttle and Oklahoma are dedicated to inspiring students to embrace innovative programs that build their skills, interests and also become creative problem solvers. These children are more likely to attend college and choose majors in science or engineering,” said Francis Tuttle Pre-Engineering Instructor Bryan Kitzrow.

First Lego League collaborated with organizations such as FEMA, the Red Cross and the National Weather Service to create this year’s theme. Teams will use the Lego Mindstorms to build, program and test robots and solve a set of natural disaster missions, such as positioning an evacuation sign, clearing an airplane runway of debris, and delivering supplies. These are real world challenges they will face using engineering concepts.

Winners of the Francis Tuttle competition will move on to the championships Dec. 7 in Edmond.