Lego-Robot Tournament Winners

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The University of Wisconsin Stout held a tournament of Lego's and robots on Saturday.

Kids from all over the Western Wisconsin gathered in Menomonie to see whose bot was best. Teams were given two months to build and program a Lego robot to accomplish a variety of energy themed tasks.

The tournament was designed by "Us First" a non-profit organization hoping to get kids interested in science and engineering.

"They then come to our tournament and show us how well they've done and how well they've designed the robot, how well they've programmed it, we have judges that interview them on that," program director Dan Bee said.

Thanks to a ten thousand dollar donation from Xcel Energy, 22 teams were able to compete in Menomonie.

"The Green Ideas" team is made up of Eau Claire kids from ages 10 to 12 took the top title and will now represent the region at the state tournament in Appleton on December 9th.

The team was sponsored by Eau Claire Energy Cooperative.

Regional tournaments were also held in Appleton, Mukwonago, Oak Creek and Madison.

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