UTICA, N.Y. -- Kids are getting the chance to find solutions to one of the world's biggest problems: Natural disasters. This season's FIRST LEGO League theme is "Nature's Fury."
Saturday, SUNY IT held an open house announcing the new theme. Kids ranging from nine- to 14-years-old will be given a list of missions and it is their job to complete them using a robot made out of LEGOs. They will also put together a presentation on being prepared, staying safe or rebuilding after disaster strikes.
"The research project and the robot game work together to create an opportunity for children to think deeply about a real world problem. And to, as a team, do some research and come up with an innovative solution for some aspect of a real work problem that they have identified," said Elizabeth Rossi, SUNY IT K-12 outreach director.
More than 200,000 kids are expected to participate in the FIRST LEGO League program worldwide, developing an interest in science, technology, engineering and math.
YNN's parent company, Time Warner Cable, is also committed to inspiring youth to explore STEM fields. It's part of the company's Connect A Million Minds Program. For more information on the initiative, go to connectamillionminds.com.
To learn more about the FIRST LEGO League, visit www.sunyit.edu/cpe_k_12/fll and www.facebook.com/#!/CNYFIRST.