FIRST Lego Tournament hosted by Ohio State Newark and COTC

The FIRST Lego League Tournament has been rescheduled for Saturday, January 20th at Licking Valley High School, 100 Hainsview Dr., Newark, OH 43055. This is farther east of the campus. The schedule of events for the tournament is as previously given. The public is invited to the event beginning at 10:30 a.m (see below).

NEWARK, Ohio, January 11, 2018 - The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) will host and sponsor the district tournament of the FIRST® Lego® League (FLL) on Saturday, January 13, in the John Gilbert Reese Center, 1209 University Dr., Newark. The tournament is free and members of the public who are interested in learning about FIRST robotics programs for youth are encouraged to attend. Teams representing FIRST Tech Challenge for high school students and Jr. FLL for youth ages 6-10 will also be presenting robot demonstrations.

Sixteen teams from across central Ohio will compete in the FLL tournament, coming from: Dublin, Westerville, New Albany, Ashville, Lewis Center, Pataskala, Newark and Granville.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League is a program which immerses 9-14-year-olds in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams design their own solution to a current scientific question or problem and build autonomous LEGO robots that perform a series of missions. Through their participation, youth develop valuable life skills and discover exciting career possibilities while learning that they can make a positive contribution to society. FLL is comprised of three parts: core values, project research and robot design. This year's theme is Hydro DynamicsSM. The project mission is to explore where water comes from, how we make sure it is safe to drink and what happens to waste water.

Public events begin at 10:30 a.m. with an opening ceremony and continue with practice robot rounds at 11:20 a.m. After a lunch break from noon to 1 p.m., robot competition rounds begin at 1 p.m. The closing ceremony is scheduled to begin at 3:45 p.m.

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

FIRST is a world-wide non-profit organization with robotics programs for grades K-12. Information regarding all of FIRST's programs can be found at https://www.firstinspires.org/

Central Ohio Technical College and The Ohio State University at Newark have forged an outstanding array of educational opportunities for the central Ohio region and beyond. This partnership is viewed as a model for higher education in the state of Ohio. At Central Ohio Technical College, students gain hands-on, applicable experience to begin working in the field, or to transfer those credits toward a bachelor's degree program. The Ohio State University at Newark offers an academic environment that's inclusive of diversity, challenging but supportive with world-renowned professors and access to Ohio State's more than 200 majors.​​​