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FIRST Robotics: 5 Idaho teams compete in Utah

The Chickadees working on their robot in between matches (Abigail Taylor, KBOI)

The Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is underway in Salt Lake City.

There are 52 teams competing from seven states; including Idaho, Utah, California, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and Texas, as well as teams from Chili and Canada.

Representing Idaho are the following five teams:

  1. Team 1891 - Bullbots - Meridian
  2. Team 5871 - Chickadees - Boise
  3. Team 5461 - V.E.R.N - Boise
  4. Team 2584 - Nascorpions - Nampa
  5. Team 6358 - The Buhlean Operators - Buhl

These teams will have another chance to compete in four weeks at the Taco Bell Arena on Boise State's campus.

Teams that win the Idaho Regional Competition and the Utah Regional Competition will move on to the FIRST National Championship held April 18-21 in Houston and April 25-28 in Detroit.

In all, more than 91,000 high school students from around the world will participate in this year's competition, which is in its 27th year.

FIRST Robotics is an intense six-week contest where high-school students are challenged to raise funds, design a team 'brand', and ultimately build, as well as program, industrial-size robots to play difficult field games, under strict rules and with limited resources.

This year’s competition is titled “FIRST Power Up,” with an 80's video game theme. Teams must build autonomous and remote-controlled robots to move box-shaped power cubes that control switches and scales. Teams receive points by converting power cubes for a video game “power-up,” which is used to their advantage.

KBOI 2News is following the progress of the 2018 FIRST Robotics season. Check back for results.

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