Robots (and Their Human Overlords) Compete in Downtown Brooklyn

DOWNTOWN BROOKLYN — It was a day of robot guts and glory.

The gym at Polytechnic Institute of New York University (NYU-Poly) was crawling with mechanical critters this past Saturday, as hundreds of students and their supporters gathered for the Brooklyn qualifier of the annual FIRST LEGO League robotics competition.

As the crowd cheered and stomped, 42 elementary and middle school teams — with names like RoboTigers, Germinators and Mission Masters — put the rabbit-sized LEGO Mindstorms robots they had been building and programming since September through their paces on tabletop playing fields.

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