On the second day of the FIRST Robotics championship in St. Louis, students from the city and around the nation were playing ball with their mechanical creations, but robots were only part of the creation. NY1's Shazia Khan filed the following report.
They worked for weeks to design and build a high-tech athlete, but students at the FIRST Robotics Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis expressed themselves though more than just wires and gears. They cooked up creative looks that make their teams stand out.
On average, there were about 20 members on a team, and while they all have a role in designing and building a robot, they also wear other hats.
Mentors also worked with the students to polish their team building and speaking skills.
With a number of teams from outside the United States, the competition was also a real opportunity for cross-cultural exchange.
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