FIRST LEGO robotic teams unleash 'Nature's Fury' today in Austintown


Hoots and hollers filled the Austintown Middle School gym as competing teams were introduced.

But these teams were different than the usual ones competing in the gym. They were FIRST LEGO League teams.  FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program meant to get children excited about science and technology while teaching life skills such as teamwork, communication and work ethics.

“We‘re all about teaching these kids to get excited about STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics],” said Andy Yantes, event coordinator.

The day-long Northeast Ohio District Tournament today included a morning of judging — on the project, core values and robot design.

All projects were based on one theme: Nature’s fury.

“So they had to come up with a natural disaster, a location where that could happen, and an innovative idea to help out during that natural disaster,” said Yantes.

Robot matches, which were open to the public, took place during the afternoon. A combination of points accumulated from the matches and the judging determined the final ranking.

Read more about the event in Sunday's Vindicator or on

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