JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Some of Jacksonville's finest engineers in training competed at Jacksonville Beach Elementary School Saturday in theFIRST® LEGO® League's robotics qualification tournament for Florida.

Sixteen teams from three DCPS schools, Loretto Elementary; Susie E. Tolbert Elementary; and River City Science Academy, competed with each other and students from across the state and Georgia to qualify for the state regionals to be hosted at UNF Feb. 2.

FLL releases a "Challenge" each fall based on a real-world scientific topic.

Each "Challenge" has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the FLL Core Values.

Teams of up to 10 children, with one adult coach, participated in the Challenge by programming a robot to score points on a themed playing field and developing a solution to a problem.

Around 250 children and adults participated in the event.