For the last 8 eight years, Intel has sponsored the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTOP). For today’s youth to succeed in the global economy, a solid foundation in math and science is a key part of their education. ORTOP is a team-oriented robotics competition for children between the ages of 9 and 14. Each year, the teams are given a scientific problem to solve. With the help of their coaches, they research their solution and present it to the judges. Each team also builds a robot out of LEGOs * that must perform a series of tasks that support the theme.
ORTOP is affiliated with First LEGO League (FLL), an international organization dedicated to “sports for the mind.” As part of its sponsorship, Intel funds scholarships for teams who cannot pay the materials fees. At tournament time, Intel opens the doors of its Jonesw Jones Farm Conference Center for ORTOP’s qualifying tournaments. More than 90 percent of the adults who manage the events—more than 200 volunteers—are Intel employees. Each year, the children must find innovative ideas to support a theme provided by FFL. It can be anything from disabled accessibility to environmental or climate issues. The teams collaborate on the project under the leadership of Intel volunteers. The result is a thought-provoking presentation and a LEGO robot the kids build and program to perform tasks that support the theme.
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