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Middle school kids from Minnesota train for First Lego League, a robotic competition

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On Thursday evening, Five bright-eyed middle school kids from Minnesota, who call themselves the "A" Team, practiced for an upcoming robotics competition.

The A-Team made it to the sectional tournament for the First Lego League robotics competition and will compete on Sunday, January 19.

First Lego League is a global robotics competition that helps students grow and to spark interest in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The competition is judged on performance, robot design and programming, and more. This year the theme is 'city-shaper.' During the competition, each team will get 2.5 minutes to complete 14 missions with their robot.

Diana Van Atta, a member of the A-Team, said her team rocks!
"My favorite part about working with robots is mainly the building and engineering part," said Van Atta. "There is a rush of accomplishment when the mission that you designed works."

Fellow team members Emma Sannes and Caroline Paulson, said the best part about creating the robot, is the comradery with their friends a.k.a their teammates, and to be able to problem-solve with friends.

"A lot of us go to different schools, and so its fun to get to have your actual friends as teammates," said Sannes.

"I love building; I like building things, my favorite part is when you finally figure something out and say to yourself, 'Oh that's how I could have done it the whole time!'" said Paulson.

Minnesota has over 640 Lego teams for the year 2020.

Lindsey Ford

Lindsey Ford is a multi-media journalist.

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