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Dayton Region Students Apply Research and Robotics to Explore Improving Quality of Life for Seniors with FIRST® LEGO® League “Senior SolutionsSM” Challenge

December 11, 2012 – Kettering, Ohio – On Saturday, December 15, 2012, eight weeks of research and design will culminate when 12 teams of middle school students converge at the Dayton Regional STEM School FLL® Regional Robotics competition to demonstrate their problem‐solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community. The competition is open to the general public beginning at 12noon – the Closing Ceremony with awards presentation will begin at 3:30pm.

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), an organization founded by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology, brings its biggest‐ever annual FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL®) season to Ohio with the 2012 “Senior SolutionsSM” Challenge. This year’s Challenge calls for teams of 9 to 14 year‐old children (9 to 16 outside the U.S. and Canada) to research and present their own creative solutions to one of today’s most relevant topics: aging, and how to counter the effects of aging while maintaining a good quality of life.

With missions including mobility, flexibility, balance, and memory, teams will have to program their LEGO MINDSTORMS® robots to explore the growing questions around how to remain independent, engaged and connected with the intended purpose of leading happier and healthier lives even as we age.

“Senior Solutions” was developed with the input of experts on aging: Alexandra Drane – Founder & Chief Visionary Officer, Eliza Corporation; Patti Drelick, President, New Hampshire Association of Senior Centers, Ingram Senior Center; Dr. William Gage, Assistant Professor, York University, Alliance in Graceful Aging Steering Committee

The FLL competition is judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork, with a consideration of the FLL Core Values. The highest honor will go to the team that best exemplifies the spirit and values of the program.

FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international program for 9 to 16 year‐old children (9 to 14 US, CAN, MEX) created in a partnership between FIRST and The LEGO Group in 1998 to get children excited about science and technology – and teach them valuable employment and life skills. Using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technologies and LEGO Education materials, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program autonomous robots and create an innovative solution to a problem as part of their research project. After eight intense weeks, the competition season culminates at high‐energy, sports‐like tournaments. Like any other organized “sport,” teams also fundraise, create a team identity, and go on field trips.

“FIRST LEGO League provides a fun and engaging experience for children around the world to become innovators and creative problem solvers on a very relevant and real topic,” said Jacob Kragh, vice president, LEGO Group. “Using a real‐world issue to drive a process where children are in control empowers them with a chance to take what they learn and apply it to their own lives, not only during this challenge, but also to their future adventures and endeavors.”

Currently in its twelfth year, FIRST LEGO League anticipates its biggest season ever, with more than 20,000 teams in more than 70 countries competing in hundreds of Qualifying Tournaments and Championship Tournaments. More than 170,000 children will compete to win honors and recognition. Teams will also have the opportunity to participate at the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, to be held in conjunction with the FIRST Championship, April 24‐27, 2013 at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis. In addition, more than 10,000 6 to 9 year‐olds are expected to participate in Junior FIRST LEGO League this season.

The Dayton Regional STEM School is one of 12 public STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) schools across Ohio, offering students a relevant, real world educational experience that prepares them for college and opportunities in the work world. The School opened in August 2009 with its first class of 9th grade students from across Clark, Greene and Montgomery counties. The Dayton Regional STEM School currently serves 430 students in grades 6‐12 from 28 different school districts in six counties and will have its first graduating class in 2013.

The Dayton Regional STEM School is accepting student applications for grades 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 for Fall 2013. Details about Information Sessions and School Visits can be found on the School’s website (www.daytonstemschool.org) or by calling the School at (937) 256‐3777.

ABOUT FIRST®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self‐confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from three out of every five Fortune 500 companies and more than $12 million in college scholarships, the not‐for‐ profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC® ) and FIRST® Tech Challenge (FTC® ) for high‐school students, FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL® ) for 9 to 14‐year‐ olds, (9 to 16‐year‐olds outside the U.S. and Canada) and Junior FIRST® LEGO® League (Jr.FLL®) for 6 to 9‐year‐olds. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high‐quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.usfirst.org. To learn more about the “Senior SolutionsSM” Challenge, go to www.FIRSTLEGOLeague.org.

ABOUT THE LEGO GROUP

The LEGO Group is a privately‐held firm based in Billund, Denmark. The LEGO Group is committed to the development of children's creative and imaginative abilities through high‐ quality, creatively educational play materials, and its employees are guided by the motto adopted in the 1930s by founder Ole Kirk Christiansen: "Only the best is good enough." For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FRC®, FIRST® Tech Challenge, FTC®, and Gracious Professionalism® are registered trademarks of the United States Foundation for Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of The LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, FLL®, Junior FIRST® LEGO® League, Jr.FLL®, and Senior SolutionsSM are jointly held trademarks of FIRST and The LEGO Group. ©2012 FIRST and The LEGO Group. All rights reserved.