Volunteers and sponsors needed for the 9th annual Juneau Robot Jamboree

On Saturday, Dec. 12, Juneau will host its 9th annual Robot Jamboree, where more than 20 teams from around Southeast Alaska will compete for a spot in the Alaska’s FIRST LEGO League state championship. Kids show their programming, engineering and math skills by building autonomous robots to perform specific missions.

All FLL Challenges are based on a real-world topic that is universally relevant. Kids will explore the topic of waste in this year’s project, “Trash Trek,” and try to solve Juneau’s trash problem. Teams are also asked to learn and embrace FIRST LEGO League’s Core Values, which include treating others with respect, finding answers on your own, and having fun while you’re doing it.

The event will be held at Centennial Hall on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. with prime viewing activity from 12–5 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend and cheer for the teams.

Volunteers are currently being sought to help out with the tournament. Some positions for adult volunteers include judging core values, robot design, and the project. Younger volunteers are needed for resetting the robot game field, timing, and lining teams up for competition. Positions are open to all interested in working with kids, robots, or those who like to be involved in the community. To learn more, visit http://www.fllalaska.com/volunteer

The Juneau event is also looking for sponsors. To learn more, visit http://www.fllalaska.com/tournamentsponsors.

FIRST activities in Alaska are coordinated by the Juneau Economic Development Council’s STEM AK program with statewide funding from BP, Alaska Airlines, Alaska Communications, and GCI.

For more, contact Courtney Weiss at 907-523-2329 or cweiss@jedc.org or visit http://www.fllalaska.com/FLL/introduction.

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