The 13th annual FIRST LEGO League Regional event, held this past Saturday at Toledo Technology Academy, was a huge success.

More than 300 area children on 32 teams competed in the event at the school, 3301 Upton Ave. Ten of those teams either represented Toledo Public Schools or were made up of TPS students.

After an exciting day of robot competition, the team from Chase STEM Academy had a Top 10 finish and was chosen to be the TPS Ambassador team to represent northwest Ohio in the Dayton Regional event.

With so many visitors at the school, TTA also hosted an Open House on Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m., where parents and students were able to take tours and pick up information on admission to the 7th, 8th, and 9th grades for next year.

A little bit about Saturday’s competition: FIRST LEGO League introduces young people, ages 9 to 14, to the fun and excitement of science and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge and career and life skills.

LEGO Robotics is a key part of the 7th grade curriculum at TTA. Children apply creative thinking and robotic technologies to solve real-world problems. Every year, children are given a two-part challenge that requires research to complete the project and science and engineering to master the complex missions of the Robot Game. Children do the work, while learning from and interacting with adult coaches/mentors. Approximately 770 events similar to the one held Saturday at TTA will take place worldwide this year.