January 12, 2013
Area middle and high schoolers from the area spent the past couple of months working on creating and building a moving, strategic robot to compete in Saturday's First Tech Challenge at Slaughter Recreation Center at the University of Virginia.
There were 25 teams that competed in this qualifying round trying to win it and go to the state competition in Richmond.
Students from area schools designed robots that can move, grab things and even pick other robots up for extra points.
The University of Virginia Engineering Department sponsors this particular First Tech Challenge event.
"By exciting more young people to go into fields of technology, engineering, science and math, we hopefully will have more young people going through college, which of course will lead to more technological development and ultimately bring wealth to our society," said George Cahen, a faculty member in the engineering department and also a judge for the competition.
The winning teams from Saturday will go on to the state competition and then possibly the world competition which is in St. Louis, Mo., in April.