Robotics competition wrapping up in Hartford

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 30, 2013 at 8:49 am •  Published: March 30, 2013
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — More than 1,800 high school students from across New England will be making robots throw Frisbees and climb pyramids on the final day of a regional robotics contest in Hartford.

The annual FIRST Robotics Competition Connecticut Regional wraps up Saturday at the Connecticut Convention Center. Thirty-nine high school robotics teams from Connecticut and 15 teams from other New England states are taking part in the two-day event, sponsored by Hartford-based United Technologies Corp.

The students have worked since January building 100-pound robots that must precisely aim Frisbees and climb pyramids on a 27-feet-by-54-feet field in this year's challenge.

Winning teams will move on to the FIRST International Championship in St. Louis from April 25 to 28. FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."