Did your school have a robotics team? Some of Arizona’s most innovative students, ages 9 to 14, will compete this month in the Arizona FIRST® LEGO® League Championship Tournament, where they will build, design, and program robots to complete various missions. Each mission is assigned a point value based on degree of difficulty, and must be completed in 2½ minutes.

Watch a video of last year’s championship:

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League is “designed to ignite an enthusiasm for discovery of the basic principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) in children.” The contests are not only fun and challenging, but have real world applications. The 2010 Body Forward™ Challenge asks the students to confront missions in Biomedical Engineering, seeking “ways to repair injuries, overcome genetic predispositions, and maximize the body’s potential, with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives.”

The Championship Tournament will be held on Saturday, December 11 at ASU’s Memorial Union Hall. The event is free and open to the public, and they will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items at the door. The League is also seeking tournament volunteers.

Click here to learn more about the Arizona FIRST LEGO League.