Three Becker County teams compete at LEGO Robotics tournament
Three Becker County teams were among 21 total FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams to compete at a LEGO Robotics Tournament in Alexandria, Minn., in mid-December.
The High Tech Kids event was a Regional Qualifying Tournament; statewide, more than 900 teams competed at regional events.
This year's FLL theme was "Into Orbit," and teams competing at the tournament were judged in three areas: Project (a research project presented by each team); Core Values (teams need to demonstrate how they incorporate each of the six core values of FLL), and; Robot Game (building and programming robots to accomplish certain tasks; teams are also judged on coding and programming skills as well as their robot design.)
Teams participated through their local schools, community education programs, 4-H clubs or homeschool groups. This was the second year Becker County 4-H sponsored a robotics team, and it was the first year that teams attended a tournament.
"A highlight of the event was seeing the passion and determination each of the teams demonstrated throughout the competition," reported Leigh Nelson-Edwards, Becker County 4-H Program Coordinator. "During the second round (of three), one of our teams accomplished a robot mission they had been working on all season, and you would've thought they won the tournament by the way they erupted in cheers! It was pretty fun to watch."
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