Middle schoolers compete to build the best Lego robot

Image by Flickr user MagneticNorthImage by 20090201-lego.jpg Winners will go to compete for state trophies like one of these.

On Saturday, 37 middle school teams competed to make the most capable Lego robot that could complete and obstacles corse themed around "climate connections."

The full name for the event held at Trident Technical College is "The First (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Lego League Lowcountry State Regional Qualifier tournament." It was event about more than just robots though, students had to give a technical presentation on their creation, do research on a climate-related issue, and were evaluated on their team skills.

The 16 teams evaluated as the best will move onto Clemson University on February 21 to compete with some 80 teams for the state title. That winner will head to Atlanta for the world title to be held in April.

You can head over to The Post and Courier for a full write-up of the event, or head over to Trident for a press release about the event.

The Post and Courier also has a video and photo gallery that's kinda cute and gives you a feel for the obstacle course and the spirit of the thing. The video link on the story page is busted, here's a link that works.

It's not the first year for the event in Charleston.