SALISBURY, Md - Legos went to a whole new level Saturday at the F.I.R.S.T. Lego League scrimmage.
Teams from Virginia and Maryland came out to show off their skills in the "Nature's Fury" challenge.
"I like the whole entire competing part, because I'm very competitive," Kayla Dabroski said.
F.I.R.S.T., which is short for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology," is a national organization challenging kids to embrace those fields, and solve problems through tech savvy games.
In this year's challenge, the junior engineers have to program robots to respond to a field of natural disasters, scoring points along the way.
Hurricane winds knocked branches that hang over power lines, an earthquake rocked buildings, a tsunami left people in distress, and emergency equipment waited to be deployed. It's a scene that sounds all too familiar.
"We studied a lot about natural disasters," Brianna Grall said, as she reflected on the tragedy in the Philippines.
"I didn't know that it was that bad and it killed so many people. It just really opened my eyes that I can still help out."
It was a feeling echoed by many students Saturday. The F.I.R.S.T. teams across Maryland have plans to raise $250,000 in relief aid.
The teams worked throughout the afternoon, retooling robots, changing up programs and getting ready for the Eastern Shore Regional Tournament December 14. Top finishers there could head to the national finals in April.
It was a day filled with science, technology, and humanity. A winning combination.
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