London-area elementary students and LEGO robots battle at Western

Western University’s WE FIRST Robotics Mentorship Club will host London-area elementary school students as they work together to design and build LEGO robots in the 2013 FIRST LEGO League Challenge on Saturday, November 23.

The FIRST LEGO League is an international program that introduces students in grades 4-8 to real-world engineering challenges by building LEGO-based robots to complete tasks on a thematic playing surface.

The competition is a key event for the Western Engineering FIRST Robotics Mentorship Club (WE FIRST), whose goal is to provide an open atmosphere where Western students mentor and support students from London-area schools as they explore robotics.

Under the mentorship of their coaches, teams use their imaginations to create their robots while discovering new career possibilities and learning how their work could make positive contributions to society and gaining invaluable experience tackling a real world problem, and developing and presenting their solutions.

“Working together with these students is a very rewarding program for our WE FIRST mentors,” said Eugen Porter, founder of WE FIRST. “Not only are we able to introduce robotics engineering to these young, eager minds, but our members develop important life skills such as mentoring, coaching and organization. It’s a real-life experience that translates well into the working world.”

The WE FIRST Lego League Challenge is free for the general public to attend.
What: WE FIRST LEGO League Challenge
When: Saturday, November 23, 9:30am-3:30pm
Where: John George Althouse Building, Western University, 1137 Western Road

More information:

MEDIA CONTACT: Eugen Porter, WE FIRST Founder, 519-661-3332 x83332, or Stephen Ledgley, Senior Media Relations Officer, 519-661-2111 x85283,