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Elks hosts first Lego League Tournament Courtesy Of Andres Islas | Fri, Nov 08 2013 04:49 PM

On Sunday, Oct. 27 the Culver City Elks hosted a First Lego League Tournament. Our local team, consisting of three Farragut students, two Culver City Middle School students and one El Marino student won the Judge’s Project Award.

First Lego League (FLL) is not only about Lego robotics but it also has its own set of core values that the kids are judged on. They are also required to present a project. This year’s theme was “Nature’s Fury” and the tam was required to create their own, original ideas.

“Our team, The British men Inc., designed a smart phone App to help people in the event of a tsunami on local beaches. The app has links to general information about tsunamis,” Andres Islas said. “But more important, the App has an alarm that will sound if there is a tsunami threat.”

There are also evacuation routes to high ground, such Bill Bott’s Field and Baldwin Hills Scenic Overlook, and it can link to other social media apps for live important information. The App can also find loved ones using GPS if they download the app as well and one could view the shoreline on live webcams along the coast.

Another requirement of the project was to give a presentation to a professional prior to the next tournament. “The Brits” will be giving their presentation to a member of the Culver City Emergency Response Team.

The next tournament will take place Sunday, Nov. 17, at Culver City High School. This event will be hosted by the Culver City High School robotics team and like the Elk’s Tournament and it will have teams from all over the Los Angeles area.

It is also a public event and all are welcome. For more info about FLL click the link below http://www.firstlegoleague. org

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