First Lego League at TU Ilmenau
On January 15, the TU Ilmenau will host the First Lego League, a research and robotics competition for 9- to 16-year-old students from Germany, Austria and Switzerland.Like real engineers, the boys and girls work in teams to design, programme and test a fully automated robot and conduct research on a topic of their own choosing. In three rounds of robot gaming and a presentation in front of a jury, they demonstrate their young researcher qualities and can qualify for the next stage of the First Lego League. The winning team will be determined at the grand international final in March.
"Cargo Connect" - theme of the season 2021/2022
In light of the Corona pandemic, the First Lego League is taking place online this year. Each year, the theme of the research and robotics competition is different. The 2021/2022 season's theme, "Cargo Connect," is all about transportation. The competition takes place in four categories: In the "Robot Game" teams compete with their self-designed and programmed robots. On a playing field measuring almost four square meters, the robots have to autonomously perform various tasks and thus collect points. In the "Research" category the team that convinces with creative scientific solutions and a well-founded presentation of the research results wins. The trophy for the best "Robot Design" goes to the team that constructs an innovative, robust robot and explains the development process most coherently to the judges. And in the "Core Values" category the team that shows the most enthusiasm, sportsmanship and respect for its own team members and for opposing teams wins. The team that gets the most points overall qualifies for the next level of competition before the grand Lego League finals in march.
Ilmenau is the venue for one of the 38 regional competitions in Germany for the first time. The fact that the elimination round is taking place here is thanks to the two initiators Volker Rusch and Udo Hegenbarth. Volker Rusch, Chairman of the Committee for Schools, Culture and Sports of the Ilm District, is the patron of the first Ilmenau regional competition. And Udo Hegenbarth has been in charge of a Lego team at the Goethe School Ilmenau for many years in previous Lego League competitions.
At the regional competition in Ilmenau, 51 boys and girls from Ilmenau, Gotha, Kronach, Neudietendorf, Oberkochern and Oberweißbach competed in eight teams. In the exciting atmosphere of a sports event, the participants in the First Lego League have fun with technology and science. The playful approach to scientific subjects awakens their motivation at an early stage to learn an engineering or IT profession - perhaps at the TU Ilmenau.
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