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Iowa FLL Tek-Konnekt team competes at international invitational

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Photo courtesy of Chris Hoffman

FIRST Lego League (FLL) team Tek-Konnekt from Muscatine, Iowa, recently competed in the 2015 FLL World Class Open Championship held at LEGOLAND in Carlsbad, California, in mid-May. The team was chosen to represent Iowa after its outstanding performance at the state championship that takes place annually at Iowa State University’s College of Engineering.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hoffman

FIRST is a non-profit organization that encourages young students to innovate and create using science and technology in a fun and competitive way. FLL teams create an autonomous robot, do research and work as a team to participate in tournament events all over the state. During these events, teams must focus on three goals: the Robot Game, the Project and the FLL Core Values.

Photo courtesy of Chris Hoffman

FLL teams are comprised of students ages 9-14 and can have between two and 10 students per team. Tek-Konnekt has 10 members: Emilio, Ethan, Jackson, Silas, Sam, Kaylin, Kylie, Noah, Sophia and Jacob, ranging from fourth to seventh grade. The team is mentored by Caleb Hoffman, who will be a mechanical engineering freshman at Iowa State University this fall.

FLL is a part of the Iowa State Engineering Kids (ISEK) program and is directed through the College of Engineering Community Outreach program that promotes science, technology and engineering to K-12 students, parents and educators.

For more information on FIRST, visit The ISEK website includes details about Iowa FLL and more programs for K-12 youth.