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.

Teams are judged on their computer coding and programming skills, as well as their robot design and other criteria. (Submitted Photo)

Teams are judged on their computer coding and programming skills, as well as their robot design and other criteria. (Submitted Photo)

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.)

The Becker County LEGO robotics team, The Space Dogs, won the Judges Award at a FIRST LEGO League tournament in Alexandria, Minn. for persevering after their computer crashed. The team members rebuilt all of their computer programs the morning of the tournament. (Submitted Photo)

The Becker County LEGO robotics team, The Space Dogs, won the Judges Award at a FIRST LEGO League tournament in Alexandria, Minn. for persevering after their computer crashed. The team members rebuilt all of their computer programs the morning of the tournament. (Submitted Photo)

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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