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CSU to host Regional Lego League Competition

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

Forthe fifth time, Columbus State University will be hosting a Regional LegoLeague Competition this Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

Lastyear's competition set a record number of teams to compete at 23. This year'sevent will set a new record with 27 teams comprised of 246 children andpre-teens competing. The teams will be traveling from as far south asThomasville and as far north as Newnan.  

"Eachyear, it gets a little bit bigger," said Wayne Summers, professor and chair ofColumbus State's TSYS School of Computer Science. "We think this is going to bea great year."

Participantsin the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) eventare ages 9-14 in grades 4-8. There also will be a junior FIRST Lego League forgrades K-3 that will not require registration. Participants can just show up.

Thecompetition is free and open to the public.

Forthe robotics competition, each team will build a robot that must navigate anobstacle course in two minutes and 30 seconds.

Thisyear's theme, "Nature's Fury," is tied to a research component of thecompetition. Each team will focus on a type of disaster.

"Thekids will do a presentation on that disaster," Summers said. "Then they willpropose a solution to overcoming it or ways to minimize the effects of thedisaster."

ColumbusState will also host on Jan. 11 the FLL Super Regional, which is the next levelof competition.

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