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Southern Challenge

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.

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Important Dates

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.

May, 2015
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.