FORT COLLINS - Three teams of students from the Windsor area are headed to the world championships for robotics in St. Louis, Mo.
The students, who range from working on Lego-themed projects in middle school to human-sized robots in high school, are competing at three different levels.
"It's cool to know that we were state champions this year, and also last year," Trent Dilka, an 8th grader at Severance Middle School, said.
There are roughly 250 robotics teams in Colorado, team volunteers say.
"It's pretty incredible that a group of kids can come together and build something like this," Dean Iverson, a volunteer with the high school team, said. "Highlanders FRC Robotic team."
The machine the high school students built can climb a pyramid, shoot Frisbees and fend off competing machines that do the same in a competition.
"This is where our country is going. These kids are going to be determining how competitive we are in the future," Iverson said.
He says the Windsor area got going on robotics teams early, which has helped the area cultivate success from middle to high school.
Coming up on Saturday, one of the high school teams will be competing at DU's Magness Arena.
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