Lego takeover at Polytechnic Institute

Kids from all over the city put their robotic creations to the test bringing science and technology into the forefront of youth interest.

The NYC Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD) hosted the FIRST Lego League tournament aimed at 400 kids aged 9 to 14 in Polytechnic Institute. Twenty-four teams, with an 80 percent NYC school base and 20 percent community center base, came out to challenge each other to see whose robot was the best.


The competition was a day-long event, with lunch provided to all the attendees by the Wallace Foundation and direct cooperation of Polytechnic Institute, which also funded the Lego pieces that the kids used to build their robots.

DYCD works to oversee after-school programs to keep kids interested in math and science, and wants kids to become the next technology leaders of their generation. This was the second year that the competition was held at Polytechnic.

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