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Robot Competition Draws Crowd

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WEST RICHLAND, Wash--  Over a dozen teams of kids ages 9-14 showed up at Enterprise Middle School for a robotics competition. 

For this year's competition, students built robots out of LEGO toys designed to explore the challenges around climate.  Each robot had to complete a series of missions.  The program's co-director says the event teaches students more than just science.

"They're learning teamwork, they're learning engineering principles, how to solve a problem, come up with a solution," says David McKinnon.  "It emphasizes teamwork because there actually is an award for teamwork here."

Of course it's hard to pick just one winner, that's why David says the judges try to spread the awards out to all students. 

The event is designed to put kids in control and take what they learn in the classroom into the real world.