In Minnesota, students can join varsity robotics teams, and these teams have become the second (the first is basketball) most popular “sport”. Minnesota hosts a State Robotics Competition, and schools give varsity letters for playing on robotics teams. Because the cost of robotics kits and keeping teams going comes to about $10,000 a year, teams are often dependent upon corporate sponsors and community donations. School leaders and team advisors praise how much this program has done for team members. One commented, “100% of the kids go professional” with many entering STEM careers. The program generates enthusiasm in schools, thus enhancing the importance of studies in robotics, mathematics, science, and engineering. With the success of high school teams, non-varsity teams are emerging in middle and elementary schools all over Minnesota.