To familiarize students with a real-world robotics competition, a practice tournament was conducted. This was an important learning exercise for all participants, since few of them had prior experience in such an event. It readily became apparent that what students learned surpassed mere mastery of building and programming robots to perform given tasks. They also learned applied math and science; improved their computer skills; engaged in research experiences; worked effectively in groups; acted as problem-solvers; and became effective presenters. This event was attended by approximately 175-200 students, teachers, and parents.