Local robotics teams compete to advance to state championship

A mix of junior and high school teams battled it out in a robotics competition for a chance to represent their schools in the state championship.

The First Tech Challenge Biloxi Qualifier Tournament was held at St. Patrick High School. Each game lasted two minutes and 30 seconds.

The teams had to program their robots to drive autonomously for the first 30 seconds of the match before they could manually operate their machines. The team with the most cones at each different level walked away as the winner.

St. Patrick Robotics Coach Rob Cloud is excited for the future of these young engineers. “These kids could go on to become engineers and everything else. Not like a football player or something, very likely is not going go to the pros. So, it’s a real good sport for the kids learning before they go off to college.”

Teams from Harrison County now heading to the state tournament include Team Thunder and Team Light from West Harrison High School, Team Surge from West Harrison Middle School, and Team Tempest from St. Patrick High School.

The Mississippi First Tech Challenge will take place March 3rd and 4th at the University of Mississippi in Oxford.

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