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Robotics contest draws teen engineers from Utah and beyond

Published March 16, 2014 12:08 pm

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2014, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

Adam Hill, left, and Erik Sargent, of team InTech MegaBots, control their robot as it competes in FIRST, the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology regional robotics competition at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Saturday. Forty-eight robots created by almost 2,000 teen engineers from nine Western U.S. states and Alberta, Canada, competed in the event, co-sponsored by the University of Utah College of Engineering. This year's competition, "Aerial Assist," is a volleyball-meets-soccer event. Two robot alliances of three teams each vied to outscore each other during a 2½ minute bout. Winners qualified for the national championship April 23–26 in St. Louis. More photos can be viewed online. > sltrib.com