AMSTERDAM, NY (NEWS10) – Eighteen different teams from Albany, Clifton Park, Ballston Spa, Duanesburg, and Broadalbin came together with one goal in mind and that was to impress judges.
“I’m sort of nervous but I’ve had a lot of experience so I’m pretty excited”, said student competitor Jake Fiet.
Many of these young students started having a passion for programming at an early age.
“Well I’ve always wanted to be an architect so designing and programming robots kind of falls along those lines”, said student competitor Zachary Nikolov.
With ten people on each team, they all put their brains to the test, trying to create the best Lego robot in the least amount of time.
“Well you got to do a lot of programming and you have to work with a lot of this stuff if you had to work with mechanics or stuff like that so I think this will help me understand that”, said student competitor Rebecca Kaminski.
Each team was judged on many factors; the robot’s performance, the design, the core values and on a project where they redesign how people manage their waste.
“It’ll get our students ready for life after high school and for some skills that they need to survive in the 21st century”, said Amsterdam Greater District Superintendent Thomas Perillo.
Congressman Paul Tonko and Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara were also at the closing ceremony to show their support.