LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -- Elementary robotics teams a part of the FIRST Program built robots using Legos and competed against other teams in the state.
East Tipp Middle School hosted the FIRST Lego League Qualifier Tournament. FIRST is a program that stands for For-Inspiration-and-Recognition-of-Science-and-Technology.
Public Relations Director and FIRST Program alumnus Chase Kidder said these competitions are more than just--who can build the best robot.
“So you're learning the basics of engineering design, you're learning the basics of all kinds of different valuable skills that eventually apply to college and apply to, you know, professional engineers everyday,” said Kidder.
Kidder said the program was designed to increase interest in the field of STEM. Studies have shown that it has.
“As technology evolves and gets larger in industry you know there's a shortage of people who can do these jobs. We're trying to raise the next generation of the work force and give them the skills they need to be successful,” said Kidder.
Competition winners will compete in a statewide tournament. After that will be the international robotics competition.