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Students Gear Up For Robotics Competition

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SALISBURY, Md. - It's tough enough to prepare for a disaster in our environment, but what if that environment were made of Legos?     

Students at Salisbury Middle School are gearing up for that scenario at this year's FIRST Lego League competition.

FIRST, which stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is a national organization where 9 to 14 year-olds to compete in robot-related challenges.
 
This year's theme is "Nature's Fury," and the students have to program their robot to move through a Lego playing field, as they respond to several simulated natural disasters. They'll receive points along the way as they drop off flash lights, rescue victims and land a response chopper.

"Team work is so important," said Aadit Mehta, an 8th Grade FLL Team member.

"Once we define the problem, we have to find the solution," said Mehta. "If that's reinventing the wheel and getting a new system in place or coming up with something else and making it better."

Wicomico County has seven FLL teams in local middle schools and will host the Regional FLL Tournament on December 14th. Winners from that event will qualify for the World Festival in St. Louis next April.

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