The mission or purpose of Lego League/Robotics at HTCS is to encourage tomorrow's innovators by giving them a venue to practice imaginative thinking and teamwork. Guided by two or more adult coaches, FIRST LEGO League* Teams (up to 10 members, grades 4-8) research a real-world problem such as food safety, recycling, energy, etc., and are challenged to develop a solution. They also must design, build, program a robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS®, and then compete on a table top playing field. It all adds up to tons of fun while they learn to apply science, technology, engineering, and math concepts (STEM), plus a big dose of imagination, to solve a problem. Along their discovery journey, they develop critical thinking and team-building skills, basic STEM applications, and even presentation skills, as they must present their solutions with a dash of creativity to judges. They also practice the Program's Core Values of gracious professionalism and "coopertition" - cooperative competition. The Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values make up the competitive CHALLENGE each year. Teams meet 1-2 times each week during the fall while preparing for Challenges and Regional Competition. The cost is $75 per student for one full competition year and includes FLL Team Registration, yearly Robotics Challenge supplies and registration for Qualifying Tournament(s) and a Team t-shirt.