The Southern Challenge is an annual tournament that features LEGO robotics and research projects by children in grades 5-12. Each team's robot is given a series of tasks to complete. Students also must conduct scientific research and prepare a presentation on the theme for this year's Challenge.
Student participants are challenged to think in new ways and try different problem-solving techniques. They research, design, build, and program robots that solve real-world problems.
Hosted by Southern Adventist University, the event hosts teams from across the region who present their research, demonstrate their robots and strategy, and test their robots in a tournament environment. Although the teams are competing, the emphasis is on creative thinking, working together, and solving problems.
The Southern Challenge is a member of the Adventist Robotics League, a consortium of educators working in Seventh-day Adventist education that sponsor and promote classroom learning through robotics. ARL is a full partner with FIRST LEGO League and uses their materials, challenges, and rules in tournaments.
How do I register for the tournament?
Registration for the tournament takes place when you order the LEGO® MINDSTORMS robotic kit and/or field kit at www.register4fll.com. Remember to register before the September 30 deadline. Because supplies are limited, register as earaly as possible; demand is typically very high. Once you have registered online, contact Kelly Sanchez in the School of Computing at 423.236.2936 to verify that you are registered for the event.
Who can participate in the Southern Challenge tournament?
Any team of 3-6 students in grades 5-8 or 9-12. Southern Adventist University is committed to advancing educational innovations at all academic levels, and we host this tournament as a public service to all elementary and secondary level students and their teachers.
I can't come to the scheduled training event. How do I learn more about LEGO MINDSTORMS?
Contact the Southern Adventist University School of Computing office at 423.236.2936. Training events are offered throughout semester as demand warrants.
How do I get more information about the Southern Challenge?
Contact the Southern Adventist University School of Computing office at 423.236.2936.
How do I get more information about the Adventist Robotics League?
Visit the ARL website at www.adventistroboticsleague.org.
How do I get more information about FIRST or the FIRST LEGO League?
Visit the FIRST website at www.usfirst.org or the FLL webiste at www.firstlegoleague.org.
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May - September 2014
FLL Registration Deadline
Registration closes on September 31 or when all kits are sold. It is recommended that teams register during the summer well in advance of the deadline to be assured a spot in the Southern Challenge.
January 31, 2015
Southern Challenge Registration Deadline
Last day to register for the Southern Challenge tournament (registration is free).
August 2015 - March 2015
Teams Prepare for Southern Challenge
Research, design, build, program, and test robot for the challenge. Research and prepare a research project/presentation.
Sunday, March 22, 2015
Southern Challenge Tournament
The Southern Challenge tournament is held in the Iles P.E. Center on the campus of Southern Adventist University (Collegedale, TN). Teams arrive between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m. The public is welcome to watch the tournament beginning at 1 p.m.
NAD Robotics Challenge
The North American Division Robotics Challenge is the national tournament for the Adventist Robitics League. The top teams from each region are invited to participate in this tournament each year.