Hazard, Ky. (WYMT)-- Area students used LEGO robots to learn about disaster relief Saturday.
The robots navigated an obstacle table within a two-and-a-half minute time limit, performing tasks related to this year's theme "Nature's Fury."
The students also gave presentations on dealing with natural disasters.
Events like this one allow students to learn about science and technology outside the classroom, said Joseph Collins, robotics coordinator for the Challenger Learning Center.
"You can sit kids down with worksheets and textbooks, and a lot of them consider it to be kind of a grind," he said. "It's really hard to generate the interest level you need for any kind of continuing education.
One challenge also involved boxes of disaster supplies, mixed in with miscellaneous household items. The students sorted these items for theoretical needs, including disaster shelters.
"Suddenly a light bulb goes off and they see how that applies in the real world and how they can really use it, out of the classroom and into the real world, and I think that really helps hook them with education," Collins said.
WYMT morning weather anchor Brandon Robinson served as master of ceremonies for the competition.