Sixth annual Robotics Expo

 Posted By: Camila Orti

Hundreds of robots and their young creators took over the Strategic Air and Space Museum on Saturday.

More than 1,000 students from across the state competed in the annual Nebraska Robotics Expo. Kids from K-12 had to build their own robots and program them to complete different tasks in front of judges. There were two separate competitions, the “First LEGO League” where the kids have to build their robots completely out of LEGOs, and the “CEENBoT Showcase”, where teams had to build robots for a “Robots in Space” theme and control them using only TV monitors and remote controls.

“Doing the whole competition is super fun, meeting the other teams, that’s really fun,” 12-year-old Kiersten Preister from Humphrey said.

Saturday’s event marked the expo’s sixth year. Organizers from UNL and UNO say the goal is to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math.

“We’re very proud of the kids because they have to think creatively, they have to look at the problem, try to come up with potential solutions and then try to select a solution and implement that,” Coordinator Neal Grandgenett said.