WPAFB participates in Miami Valley FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate director, listens to Ross High School team members as they prepare to compete in the in the Miami Valley FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at the Wright State University Nutter Center Feb. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ty Greenlees)

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Brig. Gen. Brian Bruckbauer, Air Force Security Assistance and Cooperation Directorate director, listens to Ross High School team members as they prepare to compete in the in the Miami Valley FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at the Wright State University Nutter Center Feb. 28. (U.S. Air Force photo/Ty Greenlees)

The Nutter Center at Wright State University was packed as 60 teams from across seven states gathered together to compete in the ninth annual Miami Valley FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Feb. 28-29.

The annual event brings together teams of high school students who demonstrate their engineering, problem-solving skills, critical thinking, teamwork, competitive play, sportsmanship and sense of community.

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Each team was given six weeks to build its 120-pound robot around a themed challenge, which this year was “Infinite Recharge.”

Wright-Patterson Air Force Base supported the event with four judges from the base who officiated matches alongside those with business, medical and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) backgrounds.

The Miami Valley Regional is one of two regionals in Ohio. From each competition, five teams will be selected to advance to FIRST Championship taking place in Detroit in April.

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