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IBM LEGO Competition Helps Kids Build Engineering Skills

December 13, 2018 12:20 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Hundreds of Rochester students are learning engineering skills in a very fun and creative way during the annual IBM LEGO Competition.

Nearly 500 students packed into the Rochester Regional Sports Center at Rochester Community and Technical College Wednesday afternoon and put their creativity and problem solving to the test using LEGO toys.

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For the first competition, students had 4 months to build and program a LEGO robot to drive around an arena and knock down either good or bad pins, each move either gaining or costing them a point.

"It's mind blowing some of the innovation you see. Even fourth and fifth graders they are coming up with some stuff I would have never thought of," said IBM Software Engineer, Aaron Evans.

For the second challenge, students had 45 minutes to solve a problem.

"They are going to have to engineer these Lego robots out of pieces that are supplied in the kits. Then using the programming interface on the laptop they are going to have to program the robots to accomplish whatever challenge may be in the envelope that they open up," explained Evans.

At the end of the event students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place received awards everyone who participated was given a certificate for their hard work.

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