Robo-Learning and Making Science Fun

Custom-built robots buzzed across the crowded floor of the Polytechnic Institute of New York University in Brooklyn on Saturday, as more than 350 elementary and middle school students packed the campus for the Brooklyn qualifying round of the New York City FIRST Lego League, a citywide academic competition focusing on topics in science and engineering.

Forty-three teams of students between the ages of 9 and 14 competed in a set of challenges throughout the day, which included using robots that each team had constructed out of Legos to complete various tasks. Other activities included a research presentation and an explanation of the robot’s technical capabilities.

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