courtesy FIRST

  An annual robotics competition that encourages young people to engage in science, technology, engineering and math gets underway Saturday in Hooksett.

The FIRST Robotics Competition founded by Dean Kamen requires teams of students to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. The goal is to inspire interest in science and technology through a program that focuses on leadership, teamwork and communication.

Republican Gov. Chris Sununu and Democratic U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan are speaking at Saturday's competition kickoff.

(Photo by <a href="" target="_blank">Greg Gillinger</a> via Flickr)

When Word of Mouth sent me to cover a competition designed around Legos, I had no idea that I was walking into the Superbowl of problem solving. 


First Lego League Web Site

Watch the Yappin' Yodas in action