PAST Foundation and Metrobots to host CORI FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifier at the PAST Innovation Lab

January 14, 2020



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December 9, 2019

PAST Foundation and Metrobots to host CORI FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifier at the PAST Innovation Lab

COLUMBUS, OH – The PAST Foundation headquartered in Columbus, Ohio will host the CORI FIRST Lego League Regional Qualifier in collaboration with the Metrobots on Saturday, December14th at the PAST Innovation Lab. Beginning at 8:30am, this event will Plan for the Future by using innovation to take on the CITY SHAPERSM Challenge. The Regional Qualifier will host 18 teams with seven teams being selected to advance to the Dublin District Qualifier using Champion’s Award Criteria.

The CITY SHAPERSM Challenge provides students with real world experiences and teaches them collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity all while using the design cycle. First, they will identify a problem with a building or public space in their own community. Second, they will design a solution. And finally, they will share their solutions with others and then refine their solutions.

The CITY SHAPERSM Challenge Description:
Architects design and construct buildings. They combine science and art to make buildings and structures for their clients. Sometimes they make new buildings and sometimes they redesign old ones. They work as part of a larger team just like the competing FLL teams. Structural, civil and environmental engineers make sure a project suits its site. Construction workers like electricians, plumbers and carpenters, and project managers make sure the job stays on time and within budget. Every role is important to get the job done. Our cities and towns face big issues, like transportation, accessibility and even natural disasters. How can the teams shape a better future for everyone? It takes teamwork and imagination. The competing students will take on this challenge providing solutions designed to address an issue in their own communities.

The PAST Innovation Lab is located at 1003 Kinnear Road, Columbus, OH 43212.
Please note the schedule for the day:

8:30AM – Practice Rounds
11:45AM – Opening Ceremony
12:45PM – Robot Rounds Begin
4:10PM – Closing Ceremony

About CORI

The Center of Robotics Innovation (CORI) is a program of the PAST Foundation and is made up of individuals in the Central Ohio area focused on enhancing skill-based learning of robotics, to support Ohio’s need for skilled problem solvers and engineers and ultimately benefit technology job development in Ohio. Through a growing partnership of schools, teams, businesses and philanthropic organization, we use FIRST® Robotics to inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math in college and their professions.

We encourage local universities and businesses to engage directly with students by providing mentors for their projects, thereby increasing the likelihood that students will attend those universities and work in those businesses in the future.

About FIRST®

FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by inventor Dean Kamen to inspire an appreciation of science and technology in young people. Based in Manchester, N.H., FIRST® designs accessible, innovative programs to build self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills while motivating young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering. FIRST provides the FIRST® Robotics Competition for high school students, FIRST® Tech Challenge for Grades 7-12, FIRST® LEGO® League for Grades 4-8, and FIRST® LEGO® League Jr. for Grades K-3.

About the Metrobots

The Metrobots are a FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) high school team that started at Metro Early College High School in Columbus, Ohio. We began competing in FIRST in 2010 with only 10 students on the team. Over the years we have grown and developed into a veteran student-led team comprised of 60 hard-working students and 20 dedicated mentors.

About PAST Foundation

For nearly 20 years, PAST, a non-profit foundation, has been a leader in designing STEM education across the nation, bringing problem-based learning to educators and experiential programs to students. Recently, PAST’s Innovation Lab was named as a promising example to Re-imagine High School as featured in Forbes. PAST has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for its Excellence in Innovation in the STEM 2026 vision report. PAST was the only educational entity in Ohio to be included in this publication.

PAST was also recognized in 2014, by CGI America and former President Bill Clinton for their outstanding work, and again in 2015 for their achievements in improving STEM education in rural America. In 2015, the PAST Innovation Lab was recognized by the White House Summit on High School Design.

For more information on PAST Foundation and how you can link learning to life, visit or contact Lori Trent at