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Lego Tournament Draws Hundreds of Kids to a Rochester Middle School

December 09, 2018 06:31 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- Kids filled the halls at Willow Creek Middle School this weekend for the 9th Annual Rochester First Lego League Tournament.

10 students from Rochester Montessori School competed in the tournament. Together they made up the Montessori Martians.

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They competed in three different space-themed rounds where their robots had to complete specific tasks.

"We need to have it push this one lever a certain amount of ways because we can't have it go too far or too little or we won't get any points so we need to have it exactly specific,” said 8th Grader Calvin Grothey.

He said preparing for the tournament took a lot of work.

"Going back and forth between 0.5 rotations and 0.6 rotations it can get really in-depth sometimes," he said.

Tournament Organizer Mark Schleusner said this helps students develop a unique skill set.

"I'm a software engineer and what these kids are learning by playing with Legos are a lot of the skills that I need my team members to have. They need to be able to identify problems, do research on those problems, propose solutions to those problems and work as great team members," he said.

In his five years on the team, Calvin has learned a lot.

"Don't give up. You can be as frustrated as you want but you know at one point you are eventually going to get there," he said.  

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