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Students Compete in Robotics

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.

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  • 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.

  • COMPETITION PARTICIPANT:

    We've disabled it. It's disabled.

  • TOM BEARDEN:

    Suddenly, one robot stopped moving.

  • COMPETITION PARTICIPANT:

    Do we have another key or anything else?

  • TOM BEARDEN:

    The members of Team 159, Alpine Robotics from Poudre High School in Fort Collins, scrambled to fix their broken robot.

  • COMPETITION PARTICIPANT:

    The belt. It's the belt. It's the belt on the inside.

  • TOM BEARDEN:

    Officials warned the team that they had just a few minutes to make repairs or be replaced by another team.

  • COMPETITION OFFICIAL:

    You're not going to make it?

  • COMPETITION PARTICIPANT:

    No.

  • COMPETITION OFFICIAL:

    Sorry, guys.