LEGOs, robots and garbage to fill Minneapolis schools for tournament


About 1,500 Minneapolis students will be back in school over the weekend – to play with robots and LEGOs.

The kids – kindergarten through eighth grade – will participate in the Minneapolis Public Schools Robotics Exhibition, the schools say.

And students fourth through eighth grade can also compete in the FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Tournament. The students participating are all involved in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs.

According to High Tech Kids' Facebook page, 72 teams will compete in the LEGO League tournament.

To get a better idea what a LEGO tournament looks like, watch the video below.

And check out these photos from the sectionals in Elk River.

The theme for Saturday's challenge is Trash Trek. Students will need to create special robots and complete different missions aimed at solving trash-related problems, according to a post on the schools' Facebook.

According to FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – which helps put on the tournament, students who participate in their leagues are over 88 percent more interested in doing well in school. They say almost just as many are more interested going to college.

Minneapolis Public Schools notes in their news release that they emphasize robotics to raise expectations and increase academic rigor.

According to High Tech Kids, the winner of the event will move on to the state competition.

The event takes place at Anishinabe and Sullivan Elementary Schools and is is free and open to the public. It runs from 8:30 a.m. Saturday to 5:00 p.m.

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