About 60 teams of youngsters competed in a robotics competition in Edmond on Saturday at the First Lego League state championships, organized by the Oklahoma Science and Engineering Foundation. Teams of 9- to 14-year-olds demonstrated their problem-solving skills, creative thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community in the competition.
The competition was judged in four areas: project presentation; robot performance; technical design and programming of the robot; and teamwork. Using Lego Mindstorm bricks, motors, gears and software, children work alongside adult mentors to design, build, and program robots to solve real-world challenges. This year’s theme at the state championships was “Nature’s Fury,” the ability to prepare and recover from severe weather events.
The top team, Baking Soda Volcano from Oklahoma City, advanced to the world finals in April, while the second-place team, Random Robotics from Stillwater, goes on to compete in the national finals in May.