Domtar has renewed their commitment as champion sponsor of the 2018 First Lego League (FLL) Challenge to be hosted on December 1, 2018 at Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC). The partnership provides opportunities to strengthen science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning for youth in western Kentucky and southern Indiana.
Over 20 local FLL teams, comprised of five to ten youth ages 9-14, design, build, and program robots using Lego Mindstorm technology. The robots are put to the test in head-to-head timed competitions to determine which team designs will prevail. The teams research challenges facing today's scientists and apply real-world math and science concepts; developing critical thinking, team-building, and presentation skills.
"The Hawesville Mill is proud to support the youth of our region through this educational partnership. It's important to Domtar to invest in the next generation of scientists and engineers through this innovative program," stated Grant Forrest, General Manager of Domtar in Hawesville.
Domtar's continuous support of the FLL Challenge supports the innovation and creativity of local youth, who will become our future workforce. "Programs like this can really inspire kids to be programmers and allows them to apply classroom knowledge in a real world, fun environment" added Dr. Scott William, OCTC President.