ROCHESTER, Minn. (FOX 47) – Kids from across the state are gathering in Rochester this weekend to show off their robotics skills.
The First Lego League (FLL) Tournament in Rochester is a two-day event at Willow Creek Middle School with 58 teams competing throughout the two days.
Teams comprising of 4th through 8th graders are tasked with running their Lego robots through a course, trying to get as many points as possible to advance in the tournament.
This years theme is outer space and event organizers say it’s fun to see them shoot for the stars.
“It’s never too early to start introducing some of these very basic concepts to students and they love it and they pick it up and they do great. Then they come to an event like this here today and they have a great time and there will be teams that will advance from here on to the next level of competition,” said Mark Schleusner, FLL Rochester Tournament Director.
Schleusner says these activities are important because employers look for students who have soft skills that aren’t normally taught in school.
It also brings students of all different skill sets together and teaches them to work with each other.