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Lego Competition

Younger students are also testing the limits of what's possible and they're doing it with LEGOS. More than a hundred thousand children between 9 and 14 are part of a worldwide FIRST Lego League designed to get kids excited about science and technology.
Lego Competition

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Show 1011: Lego Competition

Air date: March 14, 2010

 

Transcript

Female voice:  It’s just electric.

Keith Smith:  Coach Candace Townsley couldn’t pass up the challenge.

Candace:  You get in here and there’s kids running around and trying to get everything together, and last-minute mutations on their robot.

Keith:  The boys are building this morning, while the girls, including Maggie Chipman, scout things out.

Maggie Chipman:  It’s really exciting.  It’s like really, the worst part about it, I think, is waiting cause you always are nervous.

Candace:  We wore our jerseys before we came out here, and they were like, well why are we doing that, and I’m like it’s kind of like the football players wearing their jerseys before game day.

Keith:  They are flexing their mental muscles.

Chrys Griffing:  What started out a toy has now become a learning experience, and they don’t even realize it.

Keith:  Chrys Griffing helps with the legwork for the Lego League.

Chrys:  They start out just overwhelmed, when the challenge is released, when they see all the pieces they’re just covered in panic.

Keith:  It’s a game of strategy, thinking on your feet.

Male voice:  This bar needs to be up.

Keith:  Though things don’t always go as you planned them.  Just ask one of the referees, Brett Breedlove.

Brett Breedlove:  You’ve got two and a half minutes.  You’ve got a robot with multiple attachments that you’re putting on the front of it.

Keith:  And as one of the master builders, Audrey Matheny points out, it’s more than just a learning experience.  It’s a competition.

Audrey Matheny:  Hopefully we beat them.

Keith:  Months of work, rolled into two-and half minutes.

Audrey:  It’s been really fun.  It’s been really fun to see what the other robots do and how they build them and what their programs are like.

Chrys:  A lot of kids can, they can sit, and they can listen all day long to the lecture and not get as much out of it as actually getting in there with their hands, taking those pieces, putting them together.

Keith:  What’s the best way to pull something, to move something, to pick up something?

Candace:  The programming of the robot has been phenomenal knowledge.

Chrys:  Because, they’re actually being able to see how things relate, how they interconnect, and how this, how this idea meets with this reality.

Keith:  And reshaping reality with brilliant minds and a bunch of Legos.

Brett:  I remember playing with Legos as a kid.  So yeah, this is, this is pretty interesting, what they can do with Legos.  None of my Legos would run around the course like this would.

Keith:  Coach Jack Lyons has helped with the technical stuff.

Jack Lyons:  It’s playing with toys that they know already, but using it in ways they hadn’t dreamed of before.

Keith:  And along the way, and into the afternoon, an education in Lego League lingo.

Jackson Running:  Right now we’re trying to build an indefector, to screw up the polar bear.

Jack:  You give them a task, and you can just see the gears spinning in his head, and he goes, okay, I know what I need to do.

Chrys:  Light bulbs start, start turning on, and they start piecing things together.  And they start making these connections, and as they do, the joy just lights them up.

Audrey:  I can do this, I can.  No matter what anybody says, I can really do this.

Keith:  An attitude that would be good enough, for the girls to take first, and to discover at the end of the day a process that may be far more important than winning.

Audrey:  It kind of empowers you a little.  To see your robot complete something, you just get that, yes, it’s finally done, you know, I accomplished this.

Chrys:  It pieces everything together, and the kids, the kids just grow, and they bloom.

Jack:  For kids to get hands-on experience with math, science and engineering, this is just invaluable.

Keith:  Trial and error, ending in perfection.