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Young engineers design LEGO robots for competition

MADISON (WKOW) — More than 200 engineers age 9 to 14 put their creative thinking on display Saturday afternoon at Madison College.

31 teams have been working since August to design, build, and program robots made of LEGOs.

They competed Saturday at the FIRST LEGO League Wolfpack Regional Qualifier.

Organizers say it’s a great way to teach valuable skills to kids using LEGOs.

“Once they get involved, they find there’s a lot more to this. Building a robot out of LEGO parts takes a lot of skills, both mechanical, visual. Being able to develop software programs to run on their robots. So these will all be skills that are very valuable to them,” said Jeff Bartig, Co-Head Referee with the State of Wisconsin FIRST LEGO League.

The top teams move on to the sectional competitions next month and then the championship in February.

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