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Robotics competition held at Show Me Center

(Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS) (Source: Mike Mohundro, KFVS)

More than 1,000 people were at the Show-Me-Center in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Saturday for the sixth annual FIRST Technology Challenge Robotics Competition.

Over 100 high schools from 15 different countries are competing to try to make it to the world championship in St. Louis in April.

This qualifying tournament is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete in a head to head sports model. Teams are responsible for designing, building, and programming their robots to compete against other teams.

Teams, including coaches, mentors and volunteers, are required to develop a strategy and build robots based on sound engineering principles.

Students we spoke with say this is a great way to work together with other students and friends and build a functioning robot responsible for the commands they program it. 

They say it is a great way to educate themselves in the areas of programming and engineering to help them out in the future when going to college.

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