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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

For the fifth time, Columbus State University will be hosting a Regional Lego League Competition this Saturday, Nov. 23, beginning at 9 a.m.

Last year's competition set a record number of teams to compete at 23. This year's event will set a new record with 27 teams comprised of 246 children and pre-teens competing. The teams will be traveling from as far south as Thomasville and as far north as Newnan.  

"Each year, it gets a little bit bigger," said Wayne Summers, professor and chair of Columbus State's TSYS School of Computer Science. "We think this is going to be a great year."

Participants in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) event are ages 9-14 in grades 4-8. There also will be a junior FIRST Lego League for grades K-3 that will not require registration. Participants can just show up.

The competition is free and open to the public.

For the robotics competition, each team will build a robot that must navigate an obstacle course in two minutes and 30 seconds.

This year's theme, "Nature's Fury," is tied to a research component of the competition. Each team will focus on a type of disaster.

"The kids will do a presentation on that disaster," Summers said. "Then they will propose a solution to overcoming it or ways to minimize the effects of the disaster."

Columbus State will also host on Jan. 11 the FLL Super Regional, which is the next level of competition.

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