Robotics contest draws teen engineers from Utah and beyond

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The Salt Lake Tribune

Published: March 16, 2014 12:08PM
Updated: March 16, 2014 12:07PM
Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune Benjamin Lovelady, from The Wingnuts team from the Granite school district, controls his robot, as it competes in “Aerial Assist,” competition at the Maverick Center, Saturday, March 15, 2014.

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. >