Area robotics teams face-off to qualify for state championship

The Lego League's robotics arena.

Fifteen Lego League robotics teams packed the Grand Traverse Academy's gymnasium Saturday for the "Nature's Fury" Challenge.

Teams came from as far away as Marquette and West Branch, with each team hoping to win the tournament and advance to the Michigan Championship.

The teams were challenged with creating robots that could help provide an innovative solution for their community to prepare, stay safe, or rebuild after a natural disaster.

In addition to helping combat natural disasters, the purpose of the event is to promote STEM education: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Organizers of the events nationwide hope that having fun and building robots with Lego blocks will inspire young people to excel in these fields.

The winning team from the regional tournament will travel to Flint next Saturday, December 14th, to square off against robotics teams from around Michigan for the Lego League state championship.