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IEEE brings FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Food Factor Challenge

June 06, 2012

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A number of teams, belonging to public and private schools of Lahore, ages 9 to 16, were amongst the record 200,000 children around the world who have risen to the 2011-12 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) ‘Food Factor®’ Challenge. To successfully complete the challenge, teams of young students conduct research, build and programme LEGO®MINDSTORMS robots to explore the ways in which food can become contaminated from exposure to insects and creatures, to unsterile processing and transportation, to unsanitary preparation and unsafe storage and then propose real-world solutions for preventing or combating these contaminates.

IEEE LUMS Student Chapter, in collaboration with STARfALL brought this global event for the first time in Pakistan, after being organized in 60 different countries around the globe. The event was arranged at the SBASSE building complex at LUMS. Through hands-on experience and working in teams, children got a chance to explore a real-world issue to gain an appreciation for an interest in science and technology. With missions including pollution reversal, pest control, food storage and preparation, teams programmed their LEGO® MINDSTORMS robots to explore the growing questions around how to safely get food from its source to consumption.

President IEEE LUMS, Kainat-e-Ali was the event manager and the chief organiser along with Vice-President, Muhammad Mushahar and General Secretary, Shaheer Tariq, who handled the volunteer management and technical coordination respectively. Treasurer, Ahmad Zafar dealt with both; finances and logistics. IEEE patron Dr. Ijaz Naqvi played a very encouraging role and was a constant support for the organising team.

Starting next year FIRST LEGO League will be available to other cities in Pakistan as well. The winning team at the national level will be sent to the World Festival in USA to represent Pakistan.