Hundreds Compete in Robotics Tournament

RED BANK, Tenn. (WDEF) — Tennessee’s largest robotics tournament is in Red Bank.

Hundreds of area fourth through eighth graders are competing in the FIRST LEGO League robotics competition on Saturday.

The teams must use their LEGO robots to complete timed tasks.

Students also make presentations on how humans and animals interact, and explain their robot designs to the judges.

Organizers say these kids learn a lot by participating in tournaments like this.

Their excitement causes them to have a greater interest in the STEM fields, so math, science, technology, engineering, all of those are apart of this program,” said Scott Rosenow, tournament director. “I have students that they couldn’t program at the level that they did if they didn’t understand the math concepts behind it. Their robot design is clearly engineering focused. How do you make everything work together and fit together.” 

Rosenow says students also learn team building skills in these competitions.

Winners from Saturday will move on to the super-regional tournament next month, which will also be held at Red Bank Middle School.

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