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Students compete at Lego League Robotics Tournament

December 16, 2018 02:56 PM

TROY-- The quest to live on a different planet is on.

12 elementary and middle school Lego Robotics teams from the Capital District have been working hard to understand what its like to live far beyond Earth. 

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The tournament is currently taking place at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) where the teams were asked to think about the challenges humans must overcome to travel in our solar system for long periods of time. 

Before the tournament, the students prepared over an 8-week period to build, test and program an autonomous robot using a Lego Mindstorms set to solve missions on an obstacle course. 

"Each team aims to discover and present innovative solutions to long-duration space travel to three different panels of judges, while also testing their programming and building skills at the robot competition table. This is a high-energy STEM event that brings the best out of students by demanding they do all the work with only the guidance of a coach," said Jordan Vener, program manager for interactive technologies in the Rensselaer Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education. 

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Muneib Chater

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