University of Wisconsin-Stout

Nov. 7, 2011

A quintessential children’s toy, the LEGO, will be more than fun and colorful this weekend at UW-Stout. Children ages 9 to 14 will use science, engineering and critical thinking skills during the annual FIRST LEGO League regional tournament.

Teams from west-central and northwestern Wisconsin are scheduled to compete Saturday, Nov. 12, in Micheels and Jarvis halls. An opening ceremony will be held at 11:15 a.m., followed by the first round of competition at noon and the closing ceremony at 3 p.m. in room 184 of Micheels Hall.

Children build LEGO-based robots for competition on a closed course. Teams also must prepare a creative research presentation for judges. This year’s theme, “Food Factor,” is designed to teach children about food contamination issues.

Regional winners advance to the state competition, and state winners move on to the world tournament.

Worldwide, about 200,000 children from 55 countries participate in the FIRST LEGO League. About 2,000 participate in Wisconsin.

The tournament has been held at UW-Stout since 2005. About 90 UW-Stout faculty, staff and students are expected to volunteer. The co-sponsor is Xcel Energy.

For more information, contact event director Kevin Olson at 715-232-1212, or go to