West Richland, Wash.--Combining robotics with Lego's was a unique way for over 100 middle school students to learn about engineering.
Enterprise Middle School held the second-annual first Tri-Cities Lego League tournament. This year's theme was "Power Puzzle. Students had to build robots out of Lego's to solve certain challenges like pushing a dam out over a river or placing a solar panel onto a roof.
"We thought it would be valuable for middle school children to have an opportunity to use robots as the catch or the hook to learn about science and engineering," says David McKinnon, Tournament Co-Director.
Each team's robots were judged and prizes were awarded in five different categories including Best Presentation and Best Robot Design. Seven of the top teams this year will move on to the state tournament in Bellevue, Washington on December 8, 2007.