FIRST Robotics holds tournament drawing in teams from 6 states

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FAIRMONT, W.Va. (WDTV) - High School Students from as far as Iowa went head-to-head Sunday competing in teams for their chance to showcase their robot and gain international attention in the sport.
Director Todd Ensign said, "The purpose of first robotics is to inspire students to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. To do it while having a lot of fun. This is essentially like a giant sporting event. Teams spend months and some even years learning about coding, engineering, building robots, rebuilding robots, and preparing for this competitive experience."
Teams are pitted against one another and use two controller operators to direct their robot to preform objectives faster than any other team. This year, they were directed to stack as many blocks as they could before the timer went off. The Robotic Doges who had just broken the world record for points said,
"We're all super excited. It's one of those things where we put a lot of hours of work in, bringing on new team members, seeing all the custom parts we've designed and all the hard work and hours we've put in come together and accomplish what we wanted to do and do it very well. It just makes us really excited."
With the sport gaining momentum, Fairmont State expects an even more diverse turnout within the years to come.