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Boise-based robotics team takes third place at world championship

'Team Tators' took third place in the FIRST Championship this weekend. (KBOI Photo)

Idaho is being put on the map as one of the best states for youth robotics.

One local team just placed third at the FIRST Robotics World Championship.

"It was pretty exciting, That's the best we've ever done as a team," said Grace Rosenball, a senior on Team Tators.

Teams from 25 countries competed this season. Team Tators represented the United States, and the Gem State, very well.

The team won their division and took third place overall at the international robotics competition.

"This is the second year in a row we've won our division. So we're all quite happy that we could get off the field and go play at Einstein one more time," said Andrew Hartman, another senior on the team.

Einstein is the field where the finalists compete.

Over 400 teams were in Houston at the world competition.

"It was a big accomplishment because we're both seniors and so we've been working long hours every year trying to balance school and other activities."

It's been a busy month for the two. Since the beginning of April, Team Tators has been competing in regional competitions in Salt Lake, Canada, and Idaho before heading to Houston.

On top of building a high-functioning robot, Hartman has been studying for AP tests and getting ready for graduation.

Rosenball has also been gearing up for graduation. She's been accepted to the University of Idaho, alongside Hartman, and is a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship.

Seven seniors will be graduating this year. But the seniors have bright hopes for the future of the robotics team.

"We've been working really hard this year to make sure that the younger students, the incoming students, will be able to take our place in the future without too much worry," Rosenball said.

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