Students Using Legos to Learn

Saturday, Jan 8, 2011  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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Students Using Legos to Learn

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Students ages 9 to 18 can participate.

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Legos are usually thought of as simply a children's toy.  But this weekend at Johns Hopkins University, it's much more than that.

Hundreds of students will be using the building blocks as part of the second annual FIRST LEGO League robotics competition in Laurel.

This year's theme is "Body Forward" and is designed for students to combine engineering with biological and medical sciences.

21 teams of students ages 9-14 must build and program a robot that will "fix" simulated broken body parts.

This is one of Maryland's 10 qualifying matches.  The winners of these matches will face off in February for the state championship, and the national finals will be in St. Louis in April.

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