IPFW hosts LEGO robot gaming event

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – IPFW hosted the seventeenth Indiana FIRST® LEGO® Robotic Championship, one of the largest robotic competitions in the state Saturday afternoon.

Sponsored by the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science, the FIRST® LEGO® League state tournament brings together 44 teams from 13 different qualifiers that took place around the state of Indiana, according to a press release from IPFW.

“The robot games are run like a sporting event with referees scoring the matches, teams creating an identity with catchy names and shirts, and vying to earn the best robot score they can from the judges,”  Carol Dostal, director of outreach programs in the College of Engineering, Technology, and Computer Science said in a press release.

This year, more than 300 teams registered and 279 competed at 13 qualifiers in November, with 44 teams advancing to IPFW’s Championship Tournament. The program has grown to encompass 48 Indiana counties and, for the first time, there will be two Indiana championships; one for northern Indiana teams at IPFW and one for southern Indiana teams at Purdue Polytechnic in Columbus, according to the press release.

Awards were given out to several teams in various categories, but only one team from the event will advance to the World Festival in St. Louis in April.