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Capital City's largest-ever robotics competition takes place this week

Tom Flanigan
Tallahassee's last robotics competition took place before the pandemic at Swift Creek Middle School

The largest high-school robotics competition in Tallahassee history happens this week. Around 1,500 people will be involved in the 3-day contest at FAMU's Lawson Center.
Wendy Austin, the North and Central Florida regional director for the FIRST Robotics Competition, sid 38 teams from all over the southeast and even one from Hawaii will take part.

"Teams are made up of high school students who have spent since Jan. 8 building a robot that can be up to 5 feet tall and weigh 120 pounds without bumpers or batteries to play a game."

The games taking place on the Lawson Center's giant basketball court and will require teamwork, strategy and machine acrobatics.

"The technicality of what these robots can do is stunning! And the students you'll meet on these teams will blow your mind and when you get to hang out and talk with them, the future looks a little bit brighter."

Admission to Thursday through Saturday's competition is free and open to everyone.

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Tom Flanigan has been with WFSU News since 2006, focusing on covering local personalities, issues, and organizations. He began his broadcast career more than 30 years before that and covered news for several radio stations in Florida, Texas, and his home state of Maryland.

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