SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (WTNH)– A robotics competition drew techies from all over New England to Southington Sunday.
For six weeks, the students worked their brains to the core to come up with these robots.
“So our robot picks up, spits out and can also shoot these huge exercise balls,” said a student.
“Those two fiberglass poles back there, those will catch the ball and roll it into our firing mechanism which will then throw the ball into the higher goal,” said Mark Raub, Stamford.
A competition between 32 high school teams to build a robot that will compete against each other in a high-tech ball game.
And of course each team wants to win the competition and be the team to show off the award at their school. Although some were too modest to say so.
“Everyone here has the best robot. Everyone here is great and everything they do is great, and everyone here is great,” said Raub.
But the competition says it all.
The young people are the future technology in our country and they have spent hundreds of hours working on robots and they say these are just a starting point
“I want to be a mechanical engineer. This is my stuff right here,” said Angelia Colella, Waterbury.
When asked what he wants to be when he grows up, Vince Luca, Granby said, ” I don’t know some sort of engineer. Mechanical engineer.”
It cost a minimum of $15,000 to participate, which is a lot of money but in the real world money and technology go hand in hand. And the first robotics competition is helping to find the tech leaders of tomorrow.
“I found my future career and what I wanted to do here. Not only that, but it really taught me how to work with other people and how to work in the real world,” said David Givens, former competition participant.