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This year, nearly 30,000 high school students experienced triumph and defeat in a national robotics challenge geared toward fostering an interest in math, science and engineering.
TOM BEARDEN, NewsHour Correspondent:
It was the opening round of the semi-finals at the Colorado Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, a rough-and-tumble game where robots score points by firing rubber balls through a hoop.
We've disabled it. It's disabled.
Suddenly, one robot stopped moving.
Do we have another key or anything else?
The members of Team 159, Alpine Robotics from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, scrambled to fix their broken robot.
The belt. It's the belt. It's the belt on the inside.
Officials warned the team that they had just a few minutes to make repairs or be replaced by another team.
You're not going to make it?
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