LEGO Robotics Competition Educates Area Middle School Students

The Pitt Pirates Robotics League held a regional 'First Lego League' tournament at South Central High School on Saturday.

Students from middle schools all across Pitt County and as far as Hertford County came to compete in the event.

The students were required to program the Mindstorm, a computer attached to the legos. In turn, the lego robot moved on its own according to the coordinates typed in by the students. It’s all meant to help teach them basic computer programming. The robots went through an obstacle course and the team that completed the most tasks in the designated time won.

One of the main goals was to get kids interested in STEM related school focuses, or: Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

"If you get people interested in Middle School, they're gonna think it's really cool,” said organizer Cameron Tinker, “they're going to want to do robotics in High School. They're going to want to do engineering, math, biology, all the important stuff."

The main sponsor of the event was PotashCorp Aurora.