First Lego League Events In and Around the Capital Region

by Sandra Foyt on November 30, 2010

in Enrichment Ideas

lego_mindstorm_crashbot_9039After two months of intense planning, field trips, research, brainstorming, and computer programing, we’re nearly all set to compete at the First Lego League Tournament this weekend in Utica, NY. The team that I coach, the Crash Test Dummies, will reveal their solution to a Body Forward challenge that asks them to solve a medical problem with an engineering solution.

I can’t disclose their highly confidential innovation, but I can say they had a lot of fun with this project.

If you or your child have any interest in Legos, computer programming, or engineering, this is the must-do enrichment activity for kids ages 6 through high school.

Although it’s too late to sign up a new team at this point, I highly recommend attending one of the First Lego League Tournaments this season. Modeled on a sports game, it’s a high-energy event that favors brains over brawn. In addition to the robot challenge, the festival-like tournament includes wacky costumes, research displays, and team-made favors.

Attending a tournament will give you a taste of what is involved in meeting the First Lego League challenge, and you’ll pick up some ideas as to the neat things you can do with a Lego Mindstorm  NXT robot. And if you happen to go to the SUNY-IT event, be sure to root for the Crash Test Dummies.


Upcoming First Lego League events (FREE):

  • SUNYIT Championship Tournament, SUNYIT Campus Center Gym, Saturday, December 4, 7:30am – 5:00pm, For more information, email: or call: 315-792-7383.

Or, the following free events organized by the Hudson Valley First Lego League:

  • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), Troy, NY Dec. 11, 2010 (December 12, 2010 snow date)
  • Grady Elementary School, Elmsford, NY January 29, 2011 (January 30, 2011 snow date)
  • Lagrange Middle School, LaGrangeville, NY February 5, 2011 (February 6, 2011 snow date)
  • Poughkeepsie Day School, Poughkeepsie, NY February 12, 2011 (February 13, 2011 snow date)

Note for registered teams, there are limited spots available to compete at RPI, Grady, Lagrange, or Poughkeepsie. See FLL Registration Form. For more information about Hudson Valley FIRST LEGO League, please go to their website at

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Sandra Foyt November 30, 2010 at 2:00 pm

Update: The Poughkeepsie and Grady events are now full, but there are still spots for registered teams at RPI and Lagrange.
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