Kids explore trash and recycling at Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo, Jan. 30 at Cornell

WHAT: Tenth annual Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m., 2016

WHERE: Duffield Hall Atrium, Cornell University campus

ITHACA, N.Y. – From the factory to the landfill and recycling center, area elementary students are using LEGOS to show their creative ideas for dealing with the world’s waste.

The Tenth Annual Junior FIRST LEGO League Expo – hosted by the Cornell University NanoScale Facility – is Saturday, Jan. 30, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the Duffield Hall Atrium on the Cornell campus.

Teams of kids, ranging from ages six to nine, investigated, designed and built motorized LEGO models for this year’s “Waste Wise” challenge. The teams were asked to think about new uses for items that are no longer needed using methods of reducing, reusing, recycling and more.

This year’s expo features 120 kids on 22 teams coming from as far as Holmdel, N.J. Some of the teams include:

– Trash Terminators, Fall Creek Elementary, designed an automated robotic recycling center that turns unneeded items into “Minions.”

– Kinder-garbagers, Caroline Elementary, have tackled the problems of used tires after getting curious about the rubber in the soles of their sneakers. They have designed a LEGO model of their tire carnival ride built out of old tires.

– Best Engineers, Holmdel, N.J., took on the challenge of plastic floating in the oceans, designing a floating plastic processing plant that uses bugs and mushrooms to converts ocean trash into food for the poor.

In addition to the teams presenting their work, the Ithaca Sciencenter and Tompkins County Recycling and Solid Waste Management Division will have fun hands-on activities for all to do. Local award-winning FIRST LEGO League teams the EnviroBros and LEGO Da Vinci will be doing demonstrations of their LEGO robots, and Ithaca High School’s FIRST Robotics Challenge team Code Red will be on hand as well. The expo is supported by Shell Corporation.

For information about the program:

Contact: Syl Kacapyr
Phone: (607) 255-3981