UTEP Engineering Hosts Regional FIRST LEGO League Championships
The public is invited to attend the regional Junior FIRST Lego League (Jr. FLL) and FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship hosted by the College of Engineering. The tournament will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 in Memorial Gym at The University of Texas at El Paso.
With this year’s theme, ‘Senior Solutions,’ participants will have a chance to explore the many ways they can help senior citizens in their daily life by improving independence and engaging and connecting them better with their communities.
The Jr. FLL competition is for students in grades K-3 (ages 6 to 9), while students in grades 4-8 (ages 9-14) compete in the FLL competition. Both will challenge participants to build, test and program an automatic robot using Lego Mindstorms to solve the presented mission on an obstacle course.
Founded nearly 20 years ago, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) is a national nonprofit organization whose sole mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs designed to build science, engineering and technology skills.
FIRST competitions not only provide students with an experience to develop their math and science problem solving skills at an early age, they also teach them to organize, communicate and delegate –vitally important skills for technical careers.
According to Virgilio Gonzalez, Ph.D., senior lecturer and associate chair of electrical and computer engineering, the FIRST programs provide students from kindergarten to high school with an exciting exposure to STEM disciplines, and the multiple robotics events that UTEP hosts actively engage young students to think, explore, solve and create solutions as a means to introduce and inspire them to consider an engineering career.
“We are also very fortunate to have an enthusiastic group of engineering organizations volunteering time and resources to make this a success,” he said.
Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., dean of the College of Engineering, will welcome competitors and officially open the free event.
What: Regional Junior FIRST LEGO League and FIRST LEGO League Championship, hosted by the UTEP College of Engineering
When: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15
Where: Memorial Gym, UTEP campus
Immunizations at Bassett Place Mall
The City of El Paso Department of Public Health’s
Immunization Program team will be set up on Saturday at the Bassett Place
Mall. The vaccine clinic is part of an on-going collaboration between the
Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring for Children foundation and Bassett Place
Mall to make it easier for parents to get their children up-to-date on
The Department will be offering a variety of vaccines to children under
the age of 18 for a charge of $10.00 one vaccine and $20.00 for two or
more. They include Dtap, Hepatitis A, B, HIB, PCV-13, IPV, MMR,
Varicella, HPV, Tdap and influenza vaccine 3 years – 18 years. Please
note that the flu vaccine for Adults (19 and older) will cost $35.00.
The event will take place:
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Bassett Place Mall
6101 Gateway West
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parents must bring their children’s immunization record, a picture ID, and
documentation of guardianship. The vaccines are offered to children ages
0 to 18-years-old who do not have health insurance and who meet
eligibility requirements. Cash, local checks, Medicaid and CHIP will be
accepted. More information on the Immunization Program can be obtained by
calling (915) 771-5822 or (915) 771-5733.
For more information on the programs and services offered by the
Department of Public Health, please visit
Ft Bliss | Iron Scout winning team
photo by Sgt. Benjamin Kullman, 1AD PAO
The first-place team for the inaugural Fort Bliss Iron Scout competition finishes the crossing line after the final three-mile foot march, Feb 13, at the 1st Armored Division Parade Field.
The winning five-member team from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Battalion, 13th Cavalry Regiment:
SSG Donald Adkins, SPC Travis Reis, SPC Gage Smith, SPC Ryan Anderson, SPC Randall Rich.
These five Soldiers will represent the 1st AD and Fort Bliss at the 2013 William J. Gainey Cup Competition at Fort Benning, Ga., March 1-5. (photo by Sgt. Benjamin Kullman, 1AD PAO).
“Spice is NOT Nice” Grieving Mother’s message to Soldiers
The mother of a U.S. Navy Sailor, and El Paso native,
whose death she believes was influenced by the use of the synthetic drug,
Spice, will be discussing the dangers of Spice with 86th Expeditionary
Signal Command Soldiers, Feb. 14, 9 a.m.
Librarian Ruth M. Rivas, mother of Adam Hernandez, created the awareness
campaign “Spice is Not Nice” to educate and communicate to everyone about
the signs and symptoms of Spice-use in an effort to prevent further pain and
loss of loved ones.
Spice is a synthetic form of marijuana that can cause side effects like
hallucinations, paranoia, and even psychosis.
Machinist Mate 1st Class Hernandez was 28 years old when he was found
deceased June 20, 2012 while stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The discussion will be at the 212th Fires Brigade Dining Facility at Far
East Fort Bliss.
Directions to the 212th FiB DFAC: enter Far East Bliss at the Liberty
Freeway entry gate near the SPUR 601/RT 375 Junction. Continue along Liberty
Freeway apprx. 3 miles to Medic Ave. on the left. The 212th DFAC is apprx.
400 meters on the left: bldg 21171.
Food Bank receives $100,000 from Walmart
El Pasoans Fighting Hunger is proud to announce that the Walmart Foundation is a major partner in alleviating hunger in El Paso. Since April of 2012, the Walmart Foundation committed $100,000 of funding to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
On February 13, 2013 at 3:00 PM, the Walmart Foundation will present yet another $100,000 charitable donation to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank now totaling $200,000 of support in less than one year. The check presentation will be held at the Walmart Store on 7555 North Mesa Street on the west side of El Paso.
“We are so grateful for the Walmart Foundation’s commitment to our efforts to fight hunger in El Paso,” said Tanny Berg, President of the Board of Directors for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. “The food bank works to meet the needs of El Pasoans struggling with food insecurity each day.”
With the economic climate, many families’ situations have changed over the past few years. Underemployment is too common – working adults may have been laid off and had to take a lower paying job, or one of the two adults in a household lost their job and the total income then decreased by over 50%.
The unfortunate truth is that more than 1 in 4 people in El Paso County are food-insecure with over 135,000 of those being children and 85,000 being adults and senior citizens. The Agriculture Department defines food insecurity as lacking consistent access to enough nutritious food for an active, healthy lifestyle. Any degree of food insecurity can lead to chronic hunger and malnutrition.
“Too many El Pasoans are facing the harsh reality of hunger,” said Kimberly Johnstun, Walmart Market Manager. “Walmart is proud to assist El Pasoans Fighting Hunger in their mission to end hunger in El Paso.”
While the problem of hunger is tough to see, hunger and malnutrition are prominent in our community, and have significant consequences.
“Inadequately nourished children are apt to have learning problems and more illnesses while adults who are hungry are less productive, making it difficult to find and keep a job or care for children,” John Schwarting, Executive Director for El Pasoans Fighting Hunger, explained. “Support from the Walmart Foundation allows us to continue to make a difference in our community.”
“Walmart’s philosophy is to invest in the communities in which it has a retail presence. Walmart understands the large need here in El Paso and has actively sought ways in which the company can help not only the food bank, but other charitable entities in the El Paso area ,” Kelly Duhr, Walmart’s Director of Public Affairs and Government Relations.
For more information concerning the Food Bank and how you can help, visit www.elpasoansfightinghunger.org or call 915-595-1060.