Lego robots at UMBC

February 9th, 2007

UMBC Logo robotics

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More than 500 middle-school youth and their families participated in the FIRST LEGO League Maryland State Tournament, a competition that builds students’ ability to design and program LEGO robots, on Saturday, 20 January 2007. The FIRST LEGO League is an international robotics program intended to encourage enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. This year, teams built LEGO robots to perform functions such as removing “pizza molecules” from a paper plate. Judges will evaluate the teams on their ability to program robots to achieve tasks relevant to nanotechnology, a scientific frontier focused on achieving advances in medicine and computers through research into particles 100,000 times smaller than the thickness of a single strand of hair.