South Florida elementary school students get ready for Lego League competition in California


RISE. THEY’RE WARNING NEW RESIDENTS OUT THERE TO KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON YOUR PETS. SOUTH FLORIDA STUDENTS ARE GETTING READY FOR A GREAT BIG COMPETITION.>>THEY’RE PARTICIPATING IN THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT LEGO LAND IN CALIFORNIA. TODD SPENT SOME TIME WITH THESE STUDENTS TODAY. HE JOINS US LIVE.>>A LOT OF PANTHER PRIDE HERE. THIS IS A BIG DEAL. THIS IS NOT — IF YOU THINK THAT THIS IS LIKE OPENING UP A BOX OF LEGOS AND FOLLOWING THE INSTRUCTIONS, YOU ARE SO WRONG>>>>3, 2, 1. LEGO.>>TEN VERY BRIGHT FOURTH AND FIFTH GRADERS WILL BE COMPETING IN THE FIRST LEGO LEAGUE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP AT LEGO LAND IN CALIFORNIA. THEY’LL FACE OFF AGAINST 80 TEAMS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. TRYING TO COMPETE IN A ROBOT OBSTACLE COURSE WITH A ROBOT THEY MADE AND PROGRAMMED OUT OF LEGOS.>>THE BOYS AND GIRLS HAVE TO TELL A ROBOT WHAT TO DO AS THEY COMPLETE AN OBSTACLE COURSE. SO IT’S A LOT OF MATH AND SCIENCE. UNDERSTANDING ROTATIONS AND DEGREES. TIME ESTIMATION, FRICTION SPEED.>>THE COURSE HAS TO BE COMPLETED IN TWO AND A HALF MINUTES AND ANY MISTAKES CAN COST YOUR TEAM POINTS.>>A LOT OF PRESSURE, BECAUSE IT’S KIND OF LIKE WE SET UP FOR THE NEXT ONE. IF WE DON’T GET IT OUT OF THE WAY, IT CAN MESS UP THE OTHER TEAM.>>THEY HAVE SPENT WEEKS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMMING THE ROBOT TO DO ALL OF THE TASKS.>>THROUGH THE CODING, THEY TELL THE ROBOT TO MOVE FORWARD, BACKWARD, LEFT, RIGHT, LIFT THE ARM, DROP SOMETHING OFF, PUSH SOMETHING.>>THEY W THE SOUTH FLORIDA REGIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP BY BEATING OUT 45 OTHER TEAMS AND AFT WEEKS OF TRIAL AND ERROR, THEY’RE READY FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP.>>I LIKE IT BECAUSE I GET TO WORK WITH MY FRIENDS AND DO SOMETHING THAT WE REALLY LIKE, LIKE PROGRAMMING ROBOTS AND MAKING THEM GO THROUGH THE OBSTACLES.>>EVEN THOUGH THE COMPETITION WILL BE STIFF, ALL TEN KIDS THINK THEY CAN WIN.>>WE’RE ALL A TEAM. AND WE ALWAYS HELP EACH OTHER AND WITH THE HELP OF EACH OTHER, WE CAN FINISH THE WHOLE OBSTACLE.>>AND THEY’RE GETTING READY TO FLY OUT TO CALIFORNIA. THE COMPETITION BEGINS ON MAY 19TH. WE HOPE THAT THEY CAN BRING HOME THE GOLD. AND I CAN TELL YOU GUYS, THIS IS KIND OF INSPIRED ME. I THINK I MIGHT JUST GET MY

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