First Lego League Tournament held at East Perry Elementary

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Students tested out their skills with Lego robots at the First Lego League Tournament on Saturday.

Organizers say 13 teams from around the region learned about engineering. They used math and science to master problem solving, skills they can apply in their careers.

Each robot was programmed and coded by the students. No remote controls were used.

And though they may look fun to operate, Joseph Collins, who works for the Challenger Learning Center, says technical difficulties still exist.

"So often something will go wrong with the robot," he said. "It goes off course or a sensor fails. I work with them and tell them to pay attention and look, figure out what's wrong with things and have a good plan of action ... to [learn] this is what went wrong and this is what we need to do."

The top five teams will advance to a state competition in February.

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