GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Students from across the state met at Garfield Middle School to play with Lego. Well, sort of …
Students competed in the First Lego League qualifier, where teams from different schools used robots built out of Lego pieces to complete different tasks.
They have to use their robots to do things like move a ball across a table or pick up objects.
Points are deducted if they touch their robot during a competition.
The program helps students use their math and science skills.
"You can go and kind of work with your hands on those different tools, and it also offers an excellent stepping point to kind of go along with some of their interests at that middle school age level, stepping forward with those STEM activities that they'll be interested in later on," said Master of Ceremonies, Jacob Hemard.
Five teams will move on after the Saturday event to compete in the First Lego League State Tournament in Denver on December 15.