Texas’ Largest LEGO® Robotics Competition Comes to North Texas

Burleson ISD Hosts the FIRST ® LEGO® League Regional Qualifier December 9, 2017


BURLESON, Texas – (Dec. 1, 2017) – More than 550 students across North Texas will make their way to Burleson, Texas, to compete in the state’s largest LEGO Qualifier. Forty-five teams of 9- to 16-year-old students and their coaches will go head to head when their custom-built robots come to life in fast-paced, timed competitions.


The FIRST® LEGO® League Regional Qualifier will be at Burleson High School, located at 100 Elk Drive in Burleson, Texas, on Saturday, December 9. This free, family fun event is open to the public from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


“Last year, the Obee-Wan-Kenobees team from Hajek Elementary took first place at the 2nd Round Regional Qualifier, falling just shy of a chance to compete at the World Championship,” said Dr. Leslie Bender Jutzi, the Chief Academic Innovation Officer at Burleson Independent School District. “This year, we have more student teams competing through grants, and hope to have students from Burleson ISD at the World Championship Competition.”


Teams compete in several categories, including robot games, teamwork, and problem solving. To successfully complete this year’s HYDRO DYNAMICSSM Challenge, teams must identify a problem within the human water cycle, design a solution to make the problem better, then present the problem and solution to judges at the tournament. Team presentations must be live and may include posters, slideshows, models, multimedia clips, props, costumes, and more.


The competition is judged in three areas: the Project; the Robot Design, and Core Values, which embody aspects of teamwork and good sportsmanship. Top robot game scores are also honored.


Through hands-on experience and working in teams, students have a chance to explore a real-world issue through the use of science, technology, engineering, and math.


The Regional Qualifier is sponsored by FIRST Inspires and LEGO, and the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is the sponsoring organization for North Texas FIRST LEGO League. Area schools and youth organizations with teams participating in the competition will come from as far away as Dallas County and Aledo, and as close as Ft. Worth, Mansfield, and Midlothian. Burleson ISD will field 14 elementary and middle school teams at this Challenge.



Burleson Independent School District serves more than 12,000 students at 17 schools, and is recognized as a premier school district in the Dallas/Fort Worth-area. The mission of Burleson Independent School District is to engage and support every learner with a rigorous curriculum so that they graduate college and career ready.


About FIRST®

Accomplished inventor Dean Kamen founded FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) in 1989 to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. With support from over 200 of the Fortune 500 companies and more than $30 million in college scholarships, the not-for-profit organization hosts the FIRST® Robotics Competition for students in Grades 9-12; FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12; FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8; and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-4. Gracious Professionalism® is a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community. To learn more about FIRST, go to www.firstinspires.org


About THE LEGO Group

The LEGO Group is a privately held company based in Billund, Denmark. The company is still owned by the Kirk Kristiansen family, who founded it in 1932.


The LEGO Group is engaged in the development of children’s creativity through playing and learning. Based on the world-famous LEGO® brick, the company today provides toys, experiences and teaching materials for children in more than 130 countries.

For more information, visit www.LEGO.com.

FIRST®, the FIRST® logo, FIRST® Robotics Competition, FIRST® Tech Challenge, Coopertition®, and Gracious Professionalism® are trademarks of For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®). LEGO® and MINDSTORMS® are registered trademarks of the LEGO Group. FIRST® LEGO® League, FIRST® LEGO® League Jr., and ANIMAL ALLIES, held trademarks of FIRST and the LEGO Group. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. ©2016 FIRST. All rights reserved.


About the Perot Museum of Nature and Science

The top cultural attraction in Dallas/Fort Worth and a Michelin Green Guide three-star destination, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science is a nonprofit educational organization located in the heart of Dallas, Texas, with campuses in Victory Park and Fair Park.  With a mission to inspire minds through nature and science, the Perot Museum delivers exciting, engaging and innovative visitor and outreach experiences through its education, exhibition, and research and collections programming for children, students, teachers, families, and life-long learners.  The 180,000-square-foot facility in Victory Park opened in December 2012 and is now recognized as the symbolic gateway to the Dallas Arts District.  Future scientists, mathematicians and engineers will find inspiration and enlightenment through 11 permanent exhibit halls on five floors of public space; a children’s museum; a state-of-the art traveling exhibition hall; and The Hoglund Foundation Theater, a National Geographic Experience.  Designed by 2005 Pritzker Architecture Prize Laureate Thom Mayne and his firm Morphosis Architects, the Victor Park museum has been lauded for its artistry and sustainability.  To learn more, please visit perotmuseum.org.



Mikala Hill or Katelyn Tyler

Burleson ISD Communications