Mohave Middle School hosts state-qualifying robotics tournament


Scottsdale’s Mohave Middle School is hosting one of 13 state-qualifying robotics tournaments in Arizona on Saturday, Dec. 14.

At stake is a place in the 2019-20 First LEGO League State Championship that will be held at Arizona State University in January.

Mohave Middle School is at 8490 E. Jackrabbit Road, in Scottsdale. The tournament begins at 9 a.m.

This tournament is organized and conducted by the Saguaro High School robotics team, which doubles as mentors to Scottsdale Unified School District elementary and middle school First LEGO League teams, according to a press release. Saguaro High School is home to SUSD’s Math and Science Academy.

The robotics team format is designed for students in fourth to eighth grades and uses LEGO Mindstorm-based robots to perform “missions” on a playing field. Teams of up to 10 students design, build and program the robots to address a real-world engineering challenge, develop a solution to it and compete against other teams using STEM skills and their imaginations.

This season’s FLL Challenge, called “City Shaper,” is to develop ideas that will support strong, inclusive and sustainable cities of the future. Teams will be judged on their robot design, research project examining an issue that cities face and their display of First Core Values: Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun.