A Lego Mindstorms model called "the Rover...

A Lego Mindstorms model called "the Roverbot". (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you are anywhere near St. Louis you might consider volunteering for the FIRST FLL World Festival.  (If you aren’t nearby it’s still worth the drive if you can make it.   To say that it is exciting is an understatement.  The kids and adults are pumped up on adrenalin and gracious professionalism and teamwork are key words for the teams.  You will see teams dressed up in costumes handing out trinkets to anyone that comes nearby, but more exciting you will see teams volunteering to help other teams and save the day.  It has all the excitement of the World Series mixed with a Star Trek Convention.  Throw in robots and Segways and you have a small part of the World Festival!  I made it to the Dome in Atlanta GA to see the World Festival in 2008 and will never forget the experience.  As huge as the Dome is, it was too small and they have now moved on to a larger venue in St. Louis.   Teams come from all over the world for this event – I think in 2008 it was 75+ countries and it keeps growing!


FIRST Lego League

FIRST Lego League (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you’re familiar with FIRST®LEGO League, the largest global robotics competition for middle school students, you know that pulling off a team’s participation or a local competition takes the time and energy of several volunteers.Multiply that by several hundred, and you’ve got the World Festival, held each year to celebrate the success of teams across the globe that use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® Education to compete. This year’s Food Factor World Festival is in St. Louis on April 25-28.

Volunteers at World Festival are central to the success of the event. If you’d like to be part of the team that pulls this all together and creates an unforgettable experience for kids the world over, visit firstlegoleague.org/event/worldfestivalvolunteers and register to help.
Volunteers are needed for a variety of roles – referees, runners, scorekeepers, registration workers; there is something for everyone. Volunteer today!

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