Students compete in LEGO robotics competition


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Hundreds of students competed at a Lego robotics qualifier tournament in Johnson City Saturday.

More than 20 teams of elementary and middle school students built and programmed their own robots to perform tasks in the competition. They were also judged on their teamwork, professionalism and a group research project on the human water cycle.

"My favorite part of being in the club is learning about gray water, and how you use it," student Hydie Fish said.

Hydie's team did a research project on water that gets wasted in households and looked at alternatives to conserve water. Coach Alison Meredith said she's excited to watch the kids learn.

"The first couple of years I was just a parent watching," Meredith said. "The last three or four years I've been a coach, and what I love about this program is the emphasis on critical thinking skills, and kids do the work."

The top 10 teams in the competition will qualify to the state tournament, which will be held in Cookeville, Tennessee in February. A similar competition also took place in Kingsport.