- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - For the second time in three years, 25 high school students from the Olympia School District are headed to the FIRST Robotics Competition World Championship.

The Olympian reports (http://bit.ly/1Q9LxM1 ) that the Olympia Robotics Federation has built its competition robot and is bound for St. Louis.

The New Hampshire-based nonprofit FIRST holds its world competition in that city from April 22 to 25.

The teens spent six weeks building their robot and took it to several tournaments. Teams earn points when their robot completes tasks like stacking plastic bins.

Olympia Robotics Federation qualified for the world championship after doing well at a regional competition in Cheney.

A teacher with the Olympia school district said the robots are the size of a small refrigerator and weigh 130 pounds without batteries.

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Information from: The Olympian, http://www.theolympian.com

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