Carlsbad Educational Foundation Announces Results of 2010 Qualifying Tournament for FIRST LEGO League International Robotics Challenge

For Immediate Release
Contact: Valin Brown (760) 929-1555
November 23, 2010

Carlsbad Educational Foundation Announces Results of 2010 Qualifying Tournament for FIRST LEGO League International Robotics Challenge

CEF and Life Technologies Foundation Continue to Sponsor District-Wide Program to Engage Carlsbad Students in Scientific Learning and Problem-Solving

Carlsbad, Calif. – Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF), a non-profit organization devoted to developing and launching educational and enrichment programs for nearly 11,000 Carlsbad students, announces the results of the regional qualifying tournament events for FIRST LEGO® League (FLL), a global, mentor-based robotics program. Earlier this month, tournament events were held to celebrate science and technology through a robot game and research presentation of biomedical engineering solutions as part of this year’s FLL “Body Forward” challenge.

FIRST LEGO League is an international program designed to engage students, ages 9 to 14, in hands-on, inquiry-based scientific learning and problem-solving. For the second consecutive year, CEF and Life Technologies Foundation have sponsored teams at all schools in the Carlsbad Unified School District. Carlsbad-based Life Technologies is a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. By partnering with the Life Technologies Foundation, CEF is able to sponsor one team per school, including all registration fees, two robots, related supplies, training and resource materials.

In this year’s qualifying events, teams were judged on their project presentation, robot performance, technical design and programming, as well as teamwork. Three Carlsbad FLL teams received recognition in three separate categories:

Jefferson Elementary School’s “Victory Bricks” team received the “Rising Star” Award, which recognizes a team that stands out and is expected to do great things in future challenges;

Calavera Hills Middle School’s “Coyote Masters” team received the Teamwork Award for strong accomplishments through shared goals, strong communication, effective problem-solving and excellent time management; and

Aviara Oaks Elementary School’s “Bio-Storm” team received the Project Award for their research findings and innovative solution for reminding Alzheimer’s patients to take their medications on time.

Aviara Oaks Elementary School advances to the Southern California FLL State Championship Tournament; Jefferson Elementary and Calavera Hills Middle School will compete at the Southern California FLL Cup Tournament. These tournaments will be held at LEGOLAND on December 4th and 5th, respectively.

“We are extremely proud of how well our students performed during this highly competitive robotics challenge and we’re eager to cheer them on at the December tournaments,” says Valin Brown, CEO of the Carlsbad Educational Foundation. “Once again, we’re thrilled to partner with Life Technologies Foundation to provide this amazing educational enrichment opportunity to Carlsbad students. FIRST LEGO League is an excellent example of bringing science to life in a fun, innovative way while reinforcing the importance of teamwork, communication and commitment. Our students, coaches and parents have worked hard to get to this point in the competition and we applaud their achievements.”

The 2010 FIRST LEGO League international challenge, called “Body Forward,” is a two-part robotics challenge based on biomedical engineering that requires research to complete the project phase, and science and engineering to master the complex missions of the robot game phase. In the project phase, teams research a body part, function, or system; create an innovative solution to protect, repair, heal, or improve it; and share their solution(s) with the global community.

Currently in its 12th year, FIRST LEGO League anticipates more than 17,000 teams in more than 50 countries competing in hundreds of qualifying events and championship tournaments. Teams also may have the opportunity to participate in the FIRST LEGO League World Festival, to be held April 27-30 in St. Louis. FIRST and The LEGO Group partnered in 1998 to create the program as a way to engage children in playful and meaningful learning while helping them discover the fun in science and technology.

The Life Technologies Foundation

The Life Technologies Foundation™ is dedicated to advancing science education and key scientific discoveries that use the application of biology to address societal needs. In particular, the Foundation supports programs that accelerate the use of genomics to further healthcare, projects that advance medical education, and initiatives focused on providing biological solutions to some of society’s most pressing challenges. By teaming with educators and researchers, the Foundation also strives to demystify the world of life science and empower today’s children to become tomorrow’s scientific leaders. Launched in 2008, the Life Technologies Foundation has committed approximately $3 million to causes that advance the understanding and applications of science. The Foundation is a non-profit arm of Life Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ:LIFE), a global biotechnology tools company dedicated to improving the human condition. For more information or to submit a grant proposal, please visit www.lifetechnologies.com/foundation.

Carlsbad Educational Foundation

The Carlsbad Educational Foundation (CEF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded in 1983 to raise private support for public education and the enrichment of more than 10,000 students in the Carlsbad Unified School District. CEF develops, conducts and finances innovative, quality educational programs and projects. Since its inception, the foundation has contributed nearly $5 million in funds to Carlsbad schools, primarily for science, technology, arts and reading. In 2010 alone, the foundation released nearly half a million dollars in support of K-5 music programs, hands-on science, and educationally innovative programs. CEF also operates a Summer Enrichment Program as well as Kids’ Care, a comprehensive before- and after-school childcare program. For more information, visit www.carlsbaded.org.