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October 30th, 2009
For children ages 9 to 14 in the Mountain State, now is the time to take out the Legos and build a robot that may compete for a world championship.
The teams have five to 10 members. They build a Lego robot that moves autonomously and performs a set of tasks. The 2009 challenge, Smart Move, involves transportation. One of Tucker's favorite past challenges was nanoscience.
"The kids really learned a lot from that one," he said. "Our preparation for that included the kids going to a clean room and seeing atoms through an electron microscope. Imagine seeing that at age 12."
Students learn hands-on computer programming and other technology skills to make the robot perform. They learn research and presentation skills, too.
"I learned public speaking at FLL," said MARS member Luke Scime. "It lets you practice what you learned in school."
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