Robots built by students from 48 area high schools are expected to invade the Show Me Center Saturday for the 4th annual ‘FIRST’ Technology Challenge robotics competition in Cape Girardeau. Southeast Missouri State University is providing significant support to the competition, which is the largest qualifying event in Missouri. Teams of high school students spend months putting together and programming robots to compete in a basketball-like competition. Cape Central High School Junior Kendra Kelch is competing for her 3rd time as a member of team “Tiger Tron”, and tells KZIM-KSIM they prepare for weeks for the games, working on the robot as a team, meeting several times a week, and "cramming" to complete it the week before the competition. Kelch says that the engineering classes she took at the Career and Technology Center got her started down this path, and that the networking with professionals and other kids is great and the games are a good outlet for students interested in engineering in general. The event is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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