UCS hosts region's largest Lego Robotics tournament November 17
UCS hosts region's largest Lego Robotics tournament November 17
Posted on 11/13/2018
Students setting up lego vehicleNearly 60 robotics teams from across the region will take part on November 17 in the annual UCS ThunderQuest, the largest FIRST LEGO League qualifying tournament in Michigan. This year Thunderquest will also host First Lego League Jr for students 6-10.

The lego teams will compete from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Henry Ford II High School, 11911 Clinton River Rd. in Sterling Heights. Fourteen of the teams will be from Utica Community Schools.

FIRST LEGO Robotics introduces younger students (ages 9-14) to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

Project-based, hands-on FIRST programs introduce students to coding, programming, and engineering in an environment where students work collaboratively to solve a yearly robotics challenge.

These  programs are designed to inspire the next generation of innovators, technology leaders, and changemakers here on Earth – and beyond.

The ThunderQuest tournament will feature several competitions, including a tech presentation where students create an autonomous robotic vehicle that will follow a course on a 4’ x 8’ table. Students also compete in teamwork competitions and a display of a project that describes their solution for issues identified through the national “into orbit” space theme.

The top ten teams will advance to the state tournament this December.

The program is free to the public.