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Students Score At National Robotics Competition

Students built robots that could shoot foam balls through hoops and score goals by rolling the balls on the ground.

Three teams of high school students demonstrated their math, science and unique sports prowess at a national robotics competition over the weekend.

Student from McKee Vocational High School of Staten Island, N.Y., Utica Community Schools of Sterling Heights, Mich., and Loyola School in Montreal, won the national championship in the FIRST Robotics Competition. They built robots that could shoot foam balls through hoops and score goals by rolling the balls on the ground.

Each team got six weeks to build the robots from kits in preparation for the two-minute "Aim High" matches. Nearly 10,000 students created about 465 robots, designed to release balls and operate without remote control for the first ten seconds.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was created in 1989 as a way for students to develop and display engineering skills.

McKee's robot, Annie (named after Annie Oakley), was powered by motorcycle batteries. Annie did not win in the regional competition in New Jersey but her team came back with recognition for professionalism at another regional competition in Toronto, earning the shot at the nationals.

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