Local home-school robotics team competes at Capitol

S&L Robitics members Lucas Winkelman, near, and Tanner Winkelman, react with concern as their robot makes its way to the next station during a robotics competition sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and First LEGO League.

S&L Robitics members Lucas Winkelman, near, and Tanner Winkelman, react with concern as their robot makes its way to the next station during a robotics competition sponsored by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and First LEGO League. Photo by Julie Smith.

While a legislative battle took place down the hall, a battle of the minds took place in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday.

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Fourteen teams of fourth- through ninth-grade students from across the state competed in a FIRST Lego League competition.

The home team was S&L Robotics, a group of home-schooled students from Holts Summit, Jefferson City and Tebbetts.

What began as a way to give the boys in the group something to do has grown into a kind of competitive sport.

While the girls took dance lessons, the boys began a robotics club to learn how to build and program Lego robots.

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