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Build a Team for First LEGO League at WKCTC in December

Paducah, KY (September 20, 2016) Middle school students who love Legos and robots can build a team for the 2016 First LEGO League (FLL) regional competition at West Kentucky Community and Technical College in December.

Up to 20 teams can register for the FLL competition at WKCTC. The competition is not until December 10, but the deadline to register a team is September 30. The teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Teams, composed of six to ten kids, ages nine to fourteen, with at least one adult coach, can be made up of an existing school club or organization. Groups such as a Girl or Boy Scout troop, a church group or just be a group of friends who wish to be a part of this unique experience are welcome to formerly register a team.

FIRST LEGO League challenges over 240,000 kids in over 80 countries to think like scientists and engineers and helps them get excited about science, technology, and engineering (STEM) while teaching them valuable life skills at the same time.

Each year the FLL Challenge releases a challenge based on a scientific topic to help kids work together to solve real-world problems. This years them is all about furry, feathered and finned friends with Animal Allies.

FLLs past challenges included such topics as climate, quality of life for the handicapped population, and transportation, said Bill Kunnecke, coordinator of WKCTCs competition. With this annual competition, students from all around the world are exposed to potential STEM career paths, and we are committed to continuing to provide these opportunities to the students in our region each year.

Numerous awards will be given during the competition and two to four teams will move on to the State FLL at Northern Kentucky University on February 4, 2017. Over forty teams from across the state will compete at this event. The champion of this state event will move on the world event in St. Louis in April 2017.

The WKCTC competition will also need volunteers to help create the FLL experience for students. An estimated 50 adults and 80 students are needed on FLL Competition Day, December 10. Parents are encouraged to get involved; no FLL competition experience needed.

Visit http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/fll for all the details about the FLL competition, including more information on building a team, registration and competition cost.

For more information, contact Bill Kunnecke, coordinator of WKCTCs FLL competition at (270) 534-3157 or bill.kunnecke@kctcs.edu.