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Robot Battle Teaches Science and Math Skills

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Rochester: Robot Battle Teaches Science and Math Skills
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Behind the fierce robot competitors are teams of students. They've been creating these robots all year, and while they work on their projects, they work with one another.

"As a team we spend at least 12-13 hours a week together working, solving problems, building our robot up, practicing and trying to be the best we can," said Tristan Ponader, Corning Resident.

The robots were created for the tech challenge. The ones at St. John Fisher Saturday had already made it through qualifying rounds.

The top three teams move onto the next round in February, but making the robots isn't just about the tournament.

"We're struggling in the U.S. getting kids interested in science and math. And there's not a lot of things you can do, not a lot of good-paying jobs you can do without a good background in science and math," said Glen Pearson, FIRST Regional Director.

The hope is that the work the students do on their robots gets them interested in math and science.

"That translates back into their classroom studies hopefully, and then they go on into college and two year schools, and learn their trades. Learn to be engineers, scientists, technologists," said Pearson.

The games the robots play change every year, so the students always have a new challenge to look forward to.

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