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Apr 4, 2014 6:52 PM by Leah Kraus

Robotics competition draws thousands of spectators

It's a way for high school students to get a chance to show off their engineering skills all while working as a team.

The Colorado FIRST Robotics competition at the University of Denver's Ritchie Center is bringing in thousands of spectators and hundreds of tech-savvy students.

Teams from across the country compete for prizes by pitting their robots against another team's robots. The objective is to get the ball through the other team's goal.

"It's a great opportunity for someone who has an interest in science to get involved and learn an enormous amount about what's possible and what they can build," says Bill Schneider, president of Colorado FIRST.

Teams have six weeks to design, build and test robots before the competition. They also get help from mentors that in many cases work as professional engineers.

Schneider says many students that compete go on to study engineering and have careers in the profession.

The competition wraps up on Saturday.

 

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