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Students Put Robots Head-to-Head in Scrimmage

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Rochester: Students Put Robots Head-to-Head in Scrimmage
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YNN and our parent company Time Warner Cable are working to "Connect a Million Minds."

The program is a nationwide effort to focus kids on science, technology, engineering and math.

As part of this effort, YNN has been following the progress of 23 local high school teams competing in the FIRST Robotics Competition.

Some of the teams tried out their robots at Penfield High School Sunday. The scrimmage was the first, and likely last time, the students will be able to test their machines before competition.

"Basically, the teams have six weeks to design and build their robot and at the end of that they have to go and compete, but we decided that we wanted to give them a chance to compete before the real competition so we gave them that chance by hosting our little event here," said Kimberly Echardt, Penfield mentor.

The teams have to turn in their robots on Tuesday, so any adjustments they make will have to be done before then. From there the robots will be stored until March 4 when they compete in the Finger Lakes regional competition at Rochester Institute of Technology.

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