ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Self-described master builders in New Mexico used their love for Legos and science in a Lego league competition. KRQE News 13 visited the event to see what this unique competition was all about.
The pressure was high and the competition was stiff. Twelve teams of New Mexico kids ages nine to 14, went head-to-head at Menaul School in Albuquerque on Saturday morning.
The teams tested out robots they built and programmed themselves. The robots are placed on game boards and required to complete missions like placing buildings on their targets and releasing a swing.
Each team was also required to find a solution to a social issue, like auto theft and homelessness. “We have this thing called Gotcha Cam and it’s where you have cameras in your rearview mirror and you can see if criminals try to come and steal your car. You can see what they’re doing and then you can see their faces and you can turn it into police,” said competitor Alysea Gonzales.
Through it all, the competitors say they’ve worked hard, had fun, and learned lifelong lessons.
This is the competition’s tenth year. The winners receive a trophy and could get an invite to another event.