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Idaho FIRST Robotics draws in teams from around the globe

FIRST Robotics is an intense tournament where students design and battle huge game-playing robots (KBOI 2 Staff)

Robotics teams from around the globe traveled to Boise this weekend for the Idaho Regional FIRST Robotics Competition.

FIRST Robotics — dubbed a 'varsity sport' for the mind — is an intense tournament where students design and battle huge game-playing robots.

The winners of this year's competition were Boise's very own Team Tators! They'll be going onto compete in the Houston Championship from April 18-21.

There are more than 100 FIRST Robotics competitions worldwide, but none are quite like the one in Boise!

"Who else can say they have the photo on the blue?!" said Lisa Lalliss-Skogberg, Chairman for the FIRST Idaho FRC Regional Planning Committee.

This is the third year Idaho has hosted a regional tournament.

Who else can say they have the photo on the blue?!

"I really like the Idaho competition. It's very organized and nice, but it's also very casual," said Maddie Cudworth, a member of The Chickadees, an all-girl team backed by Boise State University. "The judges are so nice! They come up and are like 'hey, how are you doing?"

39 teams traveled to Boise to compete.

Some teams call BSU their home turf, while others are visiting the U.S. for the first time! One team came all the way from China.

"Boise is really beautiful. We really like it here! Everybody's been super friendly to us," said Yuyueian Wang, a member of Faster than Light.

Idaho's competition may be at its end, but event organizers say for them the fun is never over! They'll start the day after this competition planning for next year's event!

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