Area Students Compete In Robotics Competition At The Dome

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DOWNTOWN, ST. LOUIS, MO. (KPLR) - It`s a mash-up of man and machine.  'It's like nothing else it's like the Superbowl for robotics,' says Samantha Arthur from Warren G. Harding High School in Warren, Ohio.

Teams from around the world touched down inside the Edward Jones Dome to compete in the 'FIRST' robotics competition.

'Everybody here all wants the same thing they want to be able to learn,' says Tyler Nimmagaeda also a senior from Warren, OH.  'Everyone wants to do well but that's not the main goal, it's to have fun and learn something along the way.'

Inventor Dean Kamen founded `FIRST`, (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Today more than 12,000 teens from 32 countries were competing with their custom built robots, like this one called `SkyHook` that shoots baskets.

Who better to have on hand than the inventor of another kind of Sky Hook.

'I think science, technology, engineering, mathematics are very important,' says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  'Through the 21st century, jobs will depend on those issues and subjects.  Anyone that hopes to have the ability to be gainfully employed they need to pay attention.'
You`d better believe potential employers were paying close attention.

'The good thing is the booths still sitting outside of here they are trying to recruit our students,' says engineer David Wisley.  'The students we're preparing for college or university in the world are the best in the world right here.'

Like these Limestone High Schoolers from Bartonville, Illinois.

'Having the mentors around showing you how to do it and then actually applying it to a real life thing,' says senior Brandon Casey.  'It's a fun competition where it's not just learning to go out this is around and meet people from all over the world.'

So the future is at hand with these high tech high schoolers.

'The robot you build will they be for good or evil?' asks Patrick Clark.

'Good,' smiles Arthur.

Whew.

Patrick Clark, News 11.

Checkout former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the robotics competition, watching robots shooting hoops.

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