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Kids Use Legos to Tackle Real World Disasters

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Rochester: Kids Use Legos to Tackle Real World Disasters
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Just about every kid plays with Legos, but these kids are your future scientist, architects, and engineers.

"We made a robot that's designed to go and get certain missions on our board," said Ellicottville team member Noah Stuve.

"So what this does is the ultrasonic senor waits and it senses the movement," said 7th grader Abhishek Akula during a presentation.

More than 130 teams of middle and elementary school students showed off their best work at the FIRST Lego Championship tournament. The theme was "nature's fury."

"They've identified a particular disaster and they are looking for solutions throughout their research," said tournament director Damian Garcia.

Some of the projects took months to perfect.

"The projects that we do, they do look at it as a real world solutions to things and I think you'll be seeing these guys in the future, in 10 years, making some big changes to the world," said Allendale Columbia team mentor Tina Duver.

Sunday it all went down at the U of R arena. Top teams with the best project and presentations took home a Lego trophy. They also get a chance to compete in a regional championship at RIT.

But that's not the only objective.

"It would be nice to come home with an awesome Lego trophy but you know what? At the end of the day, if they had fun, we win," said Duver.

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