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Lego competition provides skills for participants' future

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Middle school students had the chance to be engineers and surgeons today.

Each team in the First Lego League Regional Qualifier event was tasked with building a robot that could do many surgical "missions."

These "missions" included putting a pin in a leg and then making the leg kid a ball, delivering a stint to a heart, activating a brain and delivering an eye to a body.

Each robot was made with Lego Mindstorm and had two minutes to run through as many "missions" as they could.

"The purpose of this event is to get students excited about science and technology," Bruce Newendorp, coach of the high school engineering team, said.

Participants were judged on four things today, design of robot, presentation, core values interview, and the actual carrying out of the missions.

Evan Baker, 10, of the Cosmic Cougar team based out of Waterloo, said he prefers the camaraderie of the team over the actual competition.

"It's not about what our chances are. It's about having fun.  If I had to say, I would say we have good chances, because we work as a team and do everything together," Baker said.

A third of the teams involved today will move on to state, which is being held at Iowa State University in Ames.

Today's event was held at the Cedar Heights Elementary School in Cedar Falls.

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