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Teams for all over the East Coast, Brazil, and Israel made their way to Washington D.C. this weekend for the FIRST robotics competition. News4's Seth Lemon spent some time with the local teams.
A trio of local teams booked passage to St. Louis and the FIRST World Robotics Championship after this weekend's event at the Washington Convention Center.
The FIRST Robotics Competition DC Regional drew 58 teams from the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as from Israel and Brazil. Their task: design and build remote-controlled robots that could fling Frisbee-looking discs through targets. In addition to earning points to flinging the discs through the targets, the robots also earned points for climbing specially built pyramids on the competition field.
Founded by Segway inventor Dean Kamen in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) is an umbrella program aimed at inspiring young people to pursue opportunities in science, technology, and engineering.
The three local teams to advance to the FIRST Championship in St. Louis in late April were:
They will joined in St. Louis by a three-team alliance that achieved the highest scores after qualifying and elimination matches:
More than 3,000 students, supporters, and spectators turned out over the two-day event.