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IU Northwest to host 5th annual FIRST® Lego® League Indiana Qualifying Tournament Nov. 20

Thirty-one teams will vie for one of eight spots at Indiana Championship Tournament


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IU Northwest FIRST Lego League Qualifying Tournament

Indiana University Northwest will host the 5th annual FIRST® Lego® League Indiana Qualifying Tournament, the state’s third largest, in Savannah Gymnasium on Sunday, Nov. 20. The annual event, which encourages young students to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, will take place on campus between 1 and 6 p.m.

Thirty-one teams, comprised of students primarily from Lake County but also from as far away as South Bend, will compete at IU Northwest. Each team will compete for a chance to advance to the Indiana Championship Tournament taking place in Fort Wayne, Ind., in December.

FIRST® Lego® League is an international competition in which teams of elementary and middle school students work as a team to program an NXT Lego robot. The two-part challenge is based on a real-world topic. Teams of up to 10 children, with one adult coach, participate in the challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field and developing a solution to a problem they have identified.

The theme for this year’s tournament is FOOD FACTOR®, and teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® NXT to solve a set of food safety missions as well as research, develop, and share their innovative solutions to improve the world’s current food preparation processes.  

Students will compete in four areas: Teamwork; Project; Technology; and Performance.

For Teamwork, teams will demonstrate their ability to work collectively as a group to reach their goal, and in Project, teams will reveal their robot design.

Competing in Technology, teams will show judges how they have learned to program the robot they have built out of Legos®, and in Performance, the students compete for points on a competition table using their programmed robot.

The public is invited and encouraged to attend the free tournament.

To learn more about the FIRST® Lego® League Indiana Qualifying Tournament, go to For additional information on FIRST®, please visit

The Savannah Gymnasium is located at the southeast corner of the main campus parking lot at 33rd Avenue and Broadway in Gary.