Domtar Renews FLL Challenge Sponsorship
OWENSBORO, KY (07/05/2018) 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.
Owensboro Community & Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.
The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.
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