LEGO Tournament at ACTC is December 4-5

The FIRST LEGO League Regional Tournament hosted by Ashland Community and Technical College will be held December 4 and 5 at the Technology Drive Campus. This is the only FIRST LEGO tournament in the FIVCO area of Kentucky, and it is a qualifying event for the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League Tournament.

This is the third year that ACTC has offered the tournament to provide skill building opportunities for area youth in science technology, engineer and math. Twenty-seven teams of elementary and middle school students have registered to complete.

Teams competing on December 4 are the Burg-O-Bots and Burg Builders from Catlettsburg Elementary, TIGER-BOTS from Cannonsburg Elementary, Tigers from Crabbe Elementary, Techno Wizards from Charles Russell Elementary, Pioneers #1 and Pioneers #2 from Poage Elementary, Wildcats from Hager Elementary, Comets from Oakview Elementary, four teams from George M. Verity Middle School - AMS Tomcats #1, #2, #3 and #4, RoboFireCats (6th Grade) from Boyd County Middle School, and two teams from Boyd County Gifted and Talented program -ACCESS-N-GO (4th Grade) and Lego Lions (5th Grade).

Teams competing on December 5 are the LEGO Barbarians and LEGO Raiders from Greenup County 4-H, LEGO Wizards from Carter County 4-H, Wildcats from Summit Elementary, Ram Robotics from Worthington Elementary, Team 1 and Team 2 from Boyd County Middle School, Mustangs from Ponderosa Elementary, Trash Busters and Clean-up Crew from Holy Family School and Scrap Force from Russell-McDowell Intermediate School.

This years competition topic is TRASH TREK.SMTeams are challenged to come up with innovative solutions to deal with trash, from collection to sorting to smart production and reuse. The tournament will include a robot game using autonomous robots to solve a set of project missions.

Competition times are 2:00 to 9:00 p.m. Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday. An Awards Ceremony will take place at the end of each day.

Four of the 16 Friday teams and three of the 11 Saturday teams will advance to the Kentucky FIRST LEGO tournament held February 6, 2016 at Northern Kentucky University.

FIRST LEGO is a robotics program designed to get youth ages nine to 14 excited about science and technology. Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization now has over 20,000 teams in more than 70 countries. The teams work on projects that include building robots and designing solutions to real-world problems.

Sponsored by ACTC with support from an anonymous donor, the tournament is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Karen Coburn, ACTC Director of Workforce Solutions, 606-326-2129 or email: Karen.coburn@kctcs.edu.