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November 17, 2010





San Antonio, TX - Hundreds of young roboticists will gather at Our Lady of the Lake University Saturday, Nov. 20 for the FIRST Lego League's "Body Forward" qualifier tournament. The free event is expected to lure about 32 teams or 320 students who will explore the world of biomedical engineering.

The "Body Forward" challenge encourages students to use robots as a tool to solve medical issues, such as placing a cast on a broken arm using a robot. The competition takes place in OLLU's Wellness & Activity Center starting at 9:10 a.m. with awards given out at 4:30 p.m.

This event, coordinated by the Texas Institute for Educational Robotics (TIER) at Northwest Vista College, is a competition for students aged 9-14 that introduces them to solving real-world problems by applying science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Student winners will advance to the Central Texas FLL Championship tournament to be held in Austin in January of 2011.

BioMed SA, a nonprofit group that promotes San Antonio's healthcare and bioscience industry, is an enthusiastic supporter of the competition.

"FIRST Lego League is a great way to inspire students' imaginations and expose them to the practical applications of science and technology," said Ann Stevens, president of BioMed SA. ″It is especially exciting that this year's game focuses on biomedical engineering since healthcare and the biosciences are a leading engine of the San Antonio economy. The robot missions and research projects the teams will undertake at the FLL tournament are well aligned with some of the fulfilling career options open to young people here in our region."

For more information, contact TIER director Andrew Schuetze at 210.486.4430, cell 837-1958 or e-mail him at Or you can visit,

Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College opened in 1995 with 12 students. Currently enrollment exceeds 14,000 students who are pursuing associate degrees and certificates, as well as transferring to four-year institutions. Located at 3535 N. Ellison Drive, next to SeaWorld San Antonio, Northwest Vista College's expanding agreements with business and higher education partnerships provide a wealth of opportunities for students and the community.


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