This December 11, Mountain View High School is hosting a LEGO robotics tournament. More than 20 teams of students from across Central Oregon will compete. But to pull off this awesome event, the organizers need sponsors and volunteers.

So if you love robotics and/or are interested in helping out, here’s what you can do:
Become a sponsor. Your tax-deductible donation will help offset expenses associated with running the tournament. Sponsor banners can be displayed in the Mountain View High School gymnasium where families and spectators gather to watch robot matches, and they receive a verbal “thank you” during opening and awards ceremonies. Typical expenses include office supplies, competition table materials, and refreshments for volunteers. The tournament’s annual budget is $1,000.
Become a volunteer. Community members are needed to serve as judges and referees. No previous experience is needed. In addition to the tournament day, there may be a small time commitment required in order to complete online training associated with the roles and attend an orientation with the rest of the volunteer team. Lunch and refreshments on the day of the tournament are provided. Volunteer registration is online on the FIRST website.
If you’re interested in either, contact the tournament director Jen Floyd at 541-480-6492 or email [email protected]com.


The Central Oregon FIRST LEGO League Tournament (aka LEGO Robotics)
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016
   *Tournament setup tentatively planned for 6 p.m. on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Where: Mountain View High School, 2755 NE 27th St, Bend, OR 97701
What: FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition for elementary and middle school students, ages 9 through 14. In August, the League announced its 2016 theme, “Animal Allies.” Using LEGO Mindstorms kits, students will design and program a robot to complete tasks set forth in the challenge. The students will also develop their own research project, working out solutions to various problems observed in their community, in alignment with the theme. In December, approximately 20 teams from across Central Oregon will meet at a regional tournament in Bend to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.