Robot wars bring real-world appeal

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CHICAGO -- Welcome to the state championship for the tech challenge called FIRST.

Dan Green is the Illinois executive director of FIRST, which puts high school students behind the controls of designing, building and running their very own version of robot wars.

The competition provides fun with real-world appeal; big name colleges offer scholarships to these contestants. Corporations, even NASA serve as sponsors.

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  • Marc Solomon

    The team interviewed in this report FTC Team 5037 got robot? ( was the Captain of the Winning Alliance at the Illinois FTC State Championship. This qualified them for the North Super Regional (, a competition held in Des Moines, IA last weekend that consisted of 72 of the best FTC teams in the Midwest. FTC Team 5037 got robot? won the second place Inspire Award which is the 3rd highest ranking a team can earn in the competition (after the 1st place Inspire Award Winner and the Captain of the Winning Alliance). By coming in third, FTC Team 5037 got robot? qualified for a place in the 2015 FTC World Championship ( to be held in Saint Louis, MO in late April. Out of over 4300 FTC teams, only 128 teams qualify for this event.

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