Robotics challenge set for Sunday at WWU

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COLLEGE PLACE -- Area residents are invited to the Walla Walla University campus on Sunday to watch teams of young students take the FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Challenge.

Local students and some from throughout the state have spent weeks building and programming robots made out of LEGOs, plastic building bricks of assorted sizes, that will take the "Body Forward" challenge on a theme-based obstacle course.

Children ages 6-14 from throughout the region will be competing in the events, which begin at 10 a.m., with the obstacle course challenges starting at 11:30 a.m.

Body Forward focuses on biomedical engineering, and modern advances to injury repair, genetics and tapping the body's potential.

Sunday's events will be held in the college's Winter Educational Complex on the corner of Fourth and Davis streets. LEGO tournaments are hosted by the school's Engineering department.

Community residents are invited to cheer on the teams, but will also have LEGOs available at a LEGO building center that anyone can participate in.

Other activities for the public include a thermal imaging camera, an emotive EEG headset, and a hand-eye activity to measure coordination. A presentation on advances in limb prosthetics and robotic surgery will take place at 1:30 p.m.

All activities are free and open to the public.

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