December 7th marks the third year that the First Bots of Independence have hosted this now annual Lego robotics tournament. This tournament known as the Annual Robert Clothier Truman Town Tournament is been dedicated to the late Dr. Robert Clothier who was a very gracious supporter of the FBI and what robotics was able to and still provides for students.
This tournament will host 43 middle school First Lego League teams from around the metro and beyond. Also 8 elementary level Jr First Lego League teams will be hosted in there separate competition format.
The middle school FLL teams compete in multiple events thru out the day including three rounds of robot competition and three different presentations that every member of the team must participate in. Believe it or not but this robotics competition is not about robots, but it is designed to give the youth of today an opportunity to develop leadership, soft skills, and a passion for STEM concepts and engineering.
Students, coaches, parents, mentors, and several volunteers will spend two days setting up and running this event with an emphasis on community and potential FBI team members the majority of this event. For the FBI students this is an opportunity for them to shine and show their dedication to FIRST robotics and their desire to explore the world of robotics technology and engineering.
The event is open to the public and we encourage anyone to come out and see the hard working students at work, as ten different local robotics teams from independence will be represented at this event. Doors to the public open at 8 am and the tournament will be hosted at Bingham Middle School.