Local Lego robotics teams get call to State


March 8, 2024

Jana Peterson

The Retro Robotics team of Rowan Prentice, Ben Weiers and Abe Weiers show off one of their creations recently. It's robot season.

The boys of the Carlton-based Busted Bots Lego robotics team stared at the TV in anticipation. Would the group of nine- to 12-year-olds be one of the six teams from their region to join 70 other Minnesota teams at the state competition? When "The Busted Bots" name was announced, the boys screamed, leapt on the couch in a huddle, and jumped up and down with unbridled joy.

The FIRST Lego League robotics program began in 1998 to encourage STEM - science, technology, engineering and math - education. Regional competitions are held in each state around the country where kids compete in different...

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