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      Robots invade Traverse City Central High School

      Robots invaded Traverse City Central High School for the First Robotics District Competition

      The Traverse City First Robotics District Competition wrapped up today with some high tech matches. Hundreds of students gathered at Traverse City Central High School to put their creativity and skills to the test.

      The competition kicked off Friday and continued Saturday with hundreds of students, teachers, mentors, and sponsors filling up Central's gymnasium.

      Students and teachers from 40 high schools across the state came out to design and build robots for this exciting competition.

      The teams competed against each other in categories like design excellence, sportsmanship, and teamwork. Each robot is measured by it's effectiveness, the team's ability to work together and the determination of the students to get the job done.

      Organizers say that events like these are great because it allows the public to get out and see what robotics is all about.

      "The goal of first robotics is to encourage students to get involved in math, science, engineering, and technology," said field supervisor, Jim Runstrom. "And it gives him a fun way to participate and be a part of a team and enjoy and just have a good time."

      This was the fourth year in a row that Traverse City Central hosted the big competition and organizers tell 7&4 News that it was a very successful day.

      The First Lego League is a program focused on inspiring children to excel in math, science, and technology. The state championship will be held April 11th-13th in Ypsilanti.