Team of kids taking on the world with Legos robot



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Posted on March 31, 2010 at 10:54 PM

BELLEVUE, Wash. - A team of eight kids from the Eastside are the best in the state at making robots out of legos. On April 13, they'll head to Atlanta, where they'll compete against 80 teams from around the world.

"You can create anything you want out of them and you can do whatever you want. You can make animals, you can make forests," said 15-year-old Zane Zook. "And you can make these robots that go around and do stuff. These things are really cool."

The robot's creator is this team of eight kids, ranging from age 8 to 15.

"It seemed really interesting to do, I asked my dad if I can try it and he said sure," said Gabriel Zook, who is 8 years old.

"My brothers has always liked Legos and sometimes I play with them because sometimes I get bored," said 12-year-old Madison Sartain, the only girl in the group. "Some people think it's kinda weird, some people think oh that's so cool."

For the First Lego League World Championship competition, the robot has to complete a series of obstacle courses in 2-and-a-half minutes.

"Each different task has a certain number of points, for example, knocking this over, that simple task is 25 points," explained Zane Zook.

The project puts their engineering and computer skills to the test. The goal is to get kids excited about science and technology.

"Our design is really good. I don't mean to brag, it's quite solid," said Zane Zook.

They hope the judges agree.

Their team is called the Mindstorm Masters, and they head to Atlanta for the world championship on April 13.