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Local Team Advances to Lego Robotics State Competition

A series of regional Lego Robotics competitions taking place this month have produced several local champions, including the Southside Divas, a returning team of Girl Scouts and their mentors, who advanced to the state competition and are also taking on the role of mentoring newer teams in other competitions.

In addition, the rookie team Legatron Gurls (Gabriela, Jailyn, Liani, Priya and Zoe) competed at the First Lego League Regional Competition at UIC on Saturday, Dec. 10. The girls beat out 15 other teams and came in first place for their research project on strawberries and pesticides. They scored exemplary in the areas of research, presentation and innovative solution.

According to FIRST LEGO League (FLL), "It is a robotics program for 9 to 16 year olds (9 to 14 in US/CAN/MEX), which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and life skills. FLL can be used in a classroom setting but is not solely designed for this purpose. Teams, composed of up to ten children with at least one adult coach, can also be associated with a pre-existing club or organization, homeschooled, or just be a group of friends who wish to do something awesome."

Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana is hosting a similar regional competition at the Friendship Center in Country Club Hills, Illinois, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. Good luck to the 15 team competing in the robotics-building competition.