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Three Richmond Area High School Teams Competing in World Robotics Championship

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC)Three Richmond area high school teams will compete at the World Robotics Championship in late April after placing in the Virginia Regional FIRST Robotics Competition this weekend.

Seventy-two teams, 64 from Virginia and eight from other eastern states, participated in the two-day meet at Virginia Commonwealth University's Siegel Center.

Each of the teams were given a set of parts and told to build something that could lift and throw exercise balls. Participants had just six weeks to design, program and build the robots. They then competed on the floor before judges.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine watched along with thousands of spectators. "I started to come to this as mayor and I would bring my kids who were {in} elementary school. This is one of the best spectator events in the city all year long and talking to these students they're revved up and excited and the adults and volunteers," Senator Kaine said.

"around here everything is so exciting. Everyone is really pumped. It's like a sports event, but better," said a competition participant.

After more than 100 rounds of qualifying and elimination matches a three-team alliance won a spot in the World Championship in St. Louis, Mo. Teams "Sparky 384" from J.R. Tucker High School in Henrico County, "Builders of Tomorrow," from Franklin City Schools in Franklin, Va. And "Fighting Robo-Vikings," from Archbishop Wood High School. in Warminster, Pa. Will be competing.

Two other teams from the Richmond area also earned a place at the FIRST Championship for the quality of their performance on and off the competition field at the Virginia Regional.

The "Mech Tech Dragons" from Maggie Walker Governor's School in Richmond won the Virginia Regional Chairman's Award, FIRST's most prestigious award, honoring the team that, in the judges' estimation, best represents a model for other teams to emulate, embodying the goals and mission of FIRST.

"Talon 540 Godwin Robotics," from Mills Godwin High School in Henrico County won the Engineering Inspiration Award, celebrating outstanding success in advancing respect and appreciation for engineering and engineers, both within their school as well as their community. This team won the same award last year and is making its second trip in a row to St. Louis.

"Team FeNix," from Landstown High School Governor's STEM Academy in Virginia Beach was named Rookie All Stars at the Virginia Regional.

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