Valley Robotics teams win at state championships

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SCOTTSDALE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Three teams from Mohave Middle School in Scottsdale were seeded 24th in the Robotics State Competition at ASU last weekend but walked away with many awards.

The 7th- and 8th-grade robotic teams took home first and third in programming skills, a perfect score on a STEM presentation, a design award and excellence award, sending all three teams to the world championships.

It took the students 70 to 80 hours to make the robots and program them with 300 lines of coding.

The robotics program is growing at Mohave Middle School with 25 more students on board for new teams.

These students say robotics is a way to prepare for the future and their teachers agree.

"Mohave has an incredible group of intelligent and hard-working students who have sacrificed their time and given their talented brains to learning how to successfully build and program robots to perform specific tasks," said David Norris, a Mohave teacher and the robotics program mentor.

The students move on to the world championships April 15-18 in Kentucky.

The cost is $1,000 a person, so the team is fundraising to make the money to pay for the trip.

For more information, call Mohave Middle School at mohaverobotics@susd.org.