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.
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.
Founded in 1885, the South Dakota School of Mines
& Technology is a science and engineering research university located in
Rapid City, S.D., offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The
university enrolls 2,640 students from 45 states and 37 countries, with a
student-to-faculty ratio of 14:1. The average starting salary for graduates is
$62,400 with a 98 percent placement rate. Find us online at www.sdsmt.edu, on
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