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Student LEGO robots to compete at Mines on Saturday
Release Date Wednesday, December 4, 2013

RAPID CITY, S.D. (Dec. 4, 2013) – The South Dakota School of Mines & Technology will host nearly 150 elementary and middle school students as they send their LEGO robots into competition on Saturday, Dec. 7. 

Fifteen teams of students ages 9-14 have registered to compete in the regional FIRST LEGO League contest, which will be held from 1-6 p.m. at the Surbeck Center ballroom. Eight teams will qualify to advance to the state finals to be held in Sioux Falls in January.

The teams have been working together for six weeks learning to build and program competitive autonomous robots, which must do various tasks on their own within a given time to earn points. Results of research projects will be presented to judges, and students will compete in teamwork activities to earn additional points.

Teams have used LEGO Mindstorms Robotics kits.

This is the third year the School of Mines has hosted the competition, which has grown each year. Last year eight teams competed.


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