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PHOTOS: Students, Robots Participate in Regional Competition

FIRST Robotics held two metro-wide tournaments during the weekend.

Aspiring engineers from across the Twin Cities metro area came together to compete in two regional high school FIRST Robotics tournaments from March 29-31.

Technical difficulties led to a loss in the second round of the tournament semifinals for Eagan High School's FIRST Robotics team. But the team earned the Engineering Inspiration Award at the regional event—which automatically qualifies them for the World Championships at the end of April in St. Louis.

Both the 10,000 Lakes Regional Competition and the North Star Regional Competition were held on the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus.

The robotics season begins in January, when FIRST Robotics sends out information about the task the robots must complete in the competitive meets and a kit of parts and electronics for each robot.

The challenge this year is called a “Rebound Rumble.” Each team must design a robot capable of picking up and shooting a basketball. In a tournament setting, the robots play against one another in teams of three, competing to score the most points.

Patch was at the tournaments on Friday and Saturday to capture the excitement, school spirit and friendly competition of the game.

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