Lego League championships brings hundreds of kids

Jayden Dest (l) Brent Grutterink from the Rimbey Ramboticss watch their robot in action during the...

Jayden Dest (l) Brent Grutterink from the Rimbey Ramboticss watch their robot in action during the Lego Robotics Championship at NAIT in Edmonton, AB., on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014. Perry Mah/ QMI Agency

Catherine Griwkowsky, Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 7:41 PM ET

Lego robots showed skills of future engineers at the FIRST Lego League Championship.

About 800 kids, ages nine to 14, filled the gym and halls of NAIT on Saturday to show robots with sensors, motors, gears and software under the theme “Nature’s Fury.”

Connor Sopkow, nine, was on Team Turtles who built five robots, bringing one to the competition — Robo.

Sopkow said it would be “pretty cool” to become an engineer.

“It was all very fun, I couldn’t pick a best part,” he said.

The team has been working since November, building and programming the bots.

“Programming is pretty tough,” he said. “You have to know how to turn and how to go. It’s pretty tough.”

In the gym, referees wore stripes and music pumped from the speakers as spectators looked on from the bleachers.

Walter Kowalchyk, president of the Alberta Youth Robotics Society, said the 10th anniversary competition represented the best of the best across the province.


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