SAP Japan Helps Kids Take Part in World’s Biggest Robot Contest, FIRST LEGO LeagueFLL National Final to Take Place on February 19

TokyoSAP Japan Co., Ltd. announced today that the company is helping children take part in FIRST LEGO League (FLL), the world’s biggest robot contest, which was developed as a robot engineering program by the US non-profit organization FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) and The LEGO Group. SAP Japan will also attend the FLL national final on February 19 in Landmark Hall, 5F Yokohama Landmark Tower, Nishi-ku, Yokohama.

SAP Japan’s support for FLL this year has taken the form of mentoring and coaching by SAP Japan employees. In the Kanto contest on November 20, 2005, three teams supported by SAP won through to the national final: SAP Edisons, SAP Eleven, and SAP Light Bird. In accordance with the FLL rules, these teams consist of children aged from 9 to 15 (excluding high-school students).

SAP Japan participated in FLL because the company concurs with the FLL mission, which is: “Through competition, proactively help children to discover their own creativity in the process of solving various problems while cooperating with team members toward a common goal, as well as communicating to the upcoming generation the fact that science and technology are interesting and fun.”

In the national final, evaluation is based on the total score for the two criteria given below. The team that triumphs in the national final will be eligible to participate in the FIRST Championship, which will take place in the US on April 27-29, and the Open European Championship, in the Netherlands on May 3-9.

1. In a robot contest, aiming for top score, complete various missions using a completely autonomous robot constructed with LEGO MINDSTORMS FOR SCHOOLS technology.
2. Give three presentations on teamwork, technical issues, and research. Conduct a scientific investigation concerning the world’s oceans, in order to experience the diversity of the oceans and understand the importance of conserving that diversity for future generations. As a team, create a compelling presentation of the investigation.

Details of the national final are as follows.

Venue: Landmark Hall, 5F Yokohama Landmark Tower, 2-2-1 Minatomirai, Nishi-ku, Yokohama (three minutes’ walk from Minatomirai Station on the Minatomirai Line)


12:50-13:20: Opening Ceremony
13:20-15:15: Robot Tournament
15:15-15:30: Half-Time Show
15:30-16:25: Robot Tournament
16:25-16:45: Robot Performance by Jin Sato
16:45-17:15: Award Ceremony