SFA to host FIRST LEGO League Challenge area qualifier tournament

NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The STEM Research and Learning Center at Stephen F. Austin State University will host the FIRST LEGO League Challenge East Texas area qualifier tournament from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 20 in the Cole STEM Building’s Nelson Atrium.

For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST, is an international youth organization that operates several competitions, including the upcoming FIRST LEGO League. This LEGO-based challenge introduces science, technology, engineering and mathematics to elementary and middle school students through fun hands-on learning. Participants gain real-world problem-solving experience through a guided, global robotics program, helping today’s students and teachers build a better future together.

“FIRST LEGO League gives students the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of skills from coding and teamwork to research and communication,” said Corina Rivera, K-12 outreach coordinator for SFA’s STEM Research and Learning Center. “This year, we are excited to host teams from local school districts as well as teams traveling from Houston.”

Teams will navigate LEGO Mindstorm and Spike robots through themed missions, demonstrating their technical skills and problem-solving abilities. As part of the league’s season, students have tackled real-world challenges through research, teamwork and the presentation of their innovative solutions.