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Robots Land at the DECC

Posted at: 03/07/2013 10:07 PM
Updated at: 03/08/2013 12:14 AM
By: Darren Danielson

Thousands of kids have converged on Duluth for a huge tournament weekend.  No, not hockey, robots.  

Nearly 100 high school robotics teams from as far as 500 miles away are here to battle their bots, and this event is bigger than ever.  

Tournament coordinator, Mark Lawrence said, "This is actually the largest event under one roof in the United States, other than the World championships in St. Louis where the Superbowl is played."  It's the largest because two separate regional competitions are being held, simultaneously.

To make it to the World championships, they have to win here first.  The robots compete against each other by throwing frisbees for points and climbimg a tower.

"People can expect excitement", said Kirsi Kuuti, Captain of the Duluth East High team.  "And not only from our team, but from all the robotics teams", Kuuti added.  

Duluth Denfeld, Duluth Marshall, Lakeview Christian Academy, Hermantown and Two Harbors High Schools are also fielding teams this year.

"If you are a fan of technology or just like excitement, come down and watch", Kuuti added.  

Thursday was just a practice day.  Official opening ceremonies begin at 8:30 Friday morning with high energy, robot to robot competition running all day Friday and Saturday.