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Hundreds of Students Battle It Out at Robotics Competition

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) - The University of Virginia hosted hundreds of people for a fierce robotics competition Saturday.

Middle and high school students from around the region put their newly-built robots to the ultimate test.

Official robotics referees judged each student-made masterpiece, but students say this competition is a friendly one.

“Teams are gracious with each other,” says field technical advisor Morgan Coemons. “They talk, they learn from each other, they learn from each other’s mistakes; they collaborate to find solutions and they work through engineering problems.”

The students started the design process for the robots months ago.

The groups ask themselves how they want to build the robot and what they want it to accomplish.

The team then gets to work, using 3-D design software to make their vision come to life.

Many groups, like Tech Twisters 2.0 from Dinwiddie, showed team spirit by dressing in uniforms.

“There is an aspect of the competition that is good for everyone,” says Tech Twisters 2.0 member Elizabeth Farschon. “You learn teamwork, you learn life skills. It’s great.”

For many students, it's more than a competition.

“I love seeing other teams succeed, just from that enthusiasm and just watching their robots work and grow as a team,” says Battlefield High School student Sophia McDaniel.

The two top performers will earn spots at the First Tech Challenge State Championship in Richmond.

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