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2002 Robotics Challenge

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"Thank you very much. The kids are not only learning...
...but we can't get them to go home now!"

- Bob Lavelle, Via-Christi
Z's Zingers,  2001 Competition

Photo Album of Lego Mindstorms Robotics Challenge 2001

WSU Engineering Students played with Lego Mindstorm kits to prepare for a competition/expo for area students to be held March 31, 2001


Robotics: Exploring Different Dimensions
Saturday March 2nd, 2002
8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Hughes Metropolitan Complex
For the second year in a row at Wichita State University, the Colleges of Education and Engineering are coming together to bring the magic of LEGO to Wichita area children.  LEGO bricks provide a unique tool for exploring math and science theories.  Their ability to be constructed, disassembled, and reconstructed allows for endless exploration.  The standard shapes of LEGO bricks teach children the importance of industry standards and allow the integration of multiple kits.  However, the most important quality of LEGOS is they are FUN!!!
In today's computer age, some type of programming experience is an absolute necessity on a resume for most engineering positions.  Now with the aide of the LEGO Mindstorms Robotics Invention System, children have the opportunity to learn the basic structure of computer programming.  With its "flow-chart-like" graphics children can build programs like assembling a puzzle.  By integrating motors and sensors with the RCX microchip, imaginations can run wild with endless robotic possibilities.
To promote the use and necessity of LEGO in the classroom the Colleges of Engineering and Education at Wichita State University are hosting the second annual LEGO Mindstorms Challenge.  This event is meant to provide young students with an opportunity for practical application and exhibition of basic math, science, and engineering skills obtained in the classroom as well as promote teamwork, dedication, and sportsmanship through a challenge of the minds.  Fourth through Eight grade students will have the opportunity to conquer five Mission Challenges designed by Shocker Engineers as well as an opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned to professional Wichita engineers and educators in an oral presentation, table display and notebook. Sportsmanship and spirit will be judged throughout the day to promote collaboration and teamwork.
  8:30 a.m.  Building opens for admission
  8:30 a.m.  -  9:00a.m. Each coach will register their team and receive a game day packet of information
  9:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.  Game Floor opens to compete in Missions
10:00 a.m.  - 12:00 p.m.  Team Presentations
12:00 a.m.  - 12:30 p.m.  All Missions Closed for Lunch
12:30 p.m.  -  4:00 p.m. Game Floor opens to compete in Missions
12:30 p.m.  -  4:00 p.m. Team Presentations
  5:00 p.m.  -  6:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony


Engineering Council American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Society of Women Engineers Tau Beta Pi Wallace Scholars
EC Mission AIAA Mission SWE Mission Tau Beta Pi Mission Wallace Mission