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Teams of 10 members each were given two minutes and 30 seconds to complete as many tasks with their robot as possible.

Joe Simons, a teacher assistant from St. Mark Junior High School and coach at the event, said his school is in danger of closing at year's end due to a lack of enrolment. The school features a science academy.

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About 360 junior high students from the Edmonton and surrounding area manoeuvred robots over Lego bridges, picked up rings and did crash tests in mini obstacle courses at NAIT on Saturday.

"I really wanted to experience everything, so I'm not missing out on anything," said Savannah Mindose, 13, who is most interested in a Mbt Kiburi 5 Ladies Sandal

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The First Lego League Alberta Championship began four years ago at the school to get kids excited about high tech careers again, Archibald said.

a day since November. Robots were designed, built and programmed by the students.

"It's very concerning. If (the engineers) were to all disappear then we'd be back in the Stone Age."

In the mid 1980s, NAIT had 10 electronics technology classes. Now there are just two, said Archibald.

But it's not all fun and games. Fewer students have enrolled in science and technology programs over the last 10 years, creating a shortage of workers, said Mark Archibald, chair of electronics engineering at NAIT.

The Swift Chicks chanted loudly, "We're number 1! Not number 2!"

"It's pretty cool, especially because we made the top 10 and nobody thought we would," said Kirsten Davidson, 13.

electronics technology program, too.

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A lack of enrolment forced Vancouver Community College to discontinue its electronics technology program. NAIT cancelled its one year Vans Toy Story Woody

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Tech savvy teens put their Lego robots to the test at a city event officials hope will encourage more people to enter less popular careers in engineering and technology.

career in fashion or law.

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This year enrolment in NAIT's two year electronics engineering program has increased, but Archibald blames the recession Vans Purple Sole more students deciding to head back to school due to the tough job market.

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