Robotic Teams Head to State

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The best and brightest young minds in engineering, science, and technology will be show casing their talents. Five area robotics teams will be at Southern Methodist University in Dallas on Friday for the Texas Best competition.

Dozens of students from the Brazos Valley are gearing up for a big robotics and technology competition. Five area schools took home top honors in the Brazos Best competition and will now be moving on to state. The teams are A&M Consolidated high school, and middle school, St. Michael's Academy in Bryan, Normangee, and Mumford.

" It teaches us a lot of teamwork and dedication and hard work because we're given 6 weeks to put this robot together," said Shawna McGarry with Mumford schools.

This year students had to create a robot to repair a mock Hubble telescope.

" We've been working very hard, we've been staying up late trying to build the board and get the robot working," said Shireen Jahedkar with St Michaels Academy.

A&M Consolidated high school's team believes they may have an extra edge because of a little something extra they added.

" Most of the robots only pull out one can at a time. We changed ours so that it could pull out three cans instead of just one to gain more points," said Victoria Teel with A&M Consolidated High School.

And although the teams will be busy preparing their presentations and robots in Dallas , they plan to have some fun as well.

" It's fun being with friends and watching other robots from all over Texas and other states," said Adam Dorsey with A&M Consolidated Middle School.

" We've been doing this 7 years as a school and this is our first year to advance so this is just awesome and I'm very excited for my team," said Kevin McSwain with Normangee High School.

No matter what the outcome, all the teams say they're honored to represent the Brazos Valley.

The teams leave tomorrow for Dallas. About 64 teams will be competing and awards will be presented on Saturday.