A Look Inside the State Robotics Contest

It’s 7 a.m. and the sun peeks over the horizon as hundreds of students funnel into the halls of Del Valle High School. It’s an unusual sight, at least on a Saturday.

But these students have already made unusual trips, some traveling from the far corners of the state and beyond— Texarkana, the Rio Grande Valley, and far west Texas, even the overseas U.S. territory of Guam, to name a few — to this high school just east of Austin in order to show off their robots at the 2019 State Robotics Contest, organized by TCEA.

If that feels like a momentous event, it’s because it’s the culmination of months of work, from designing complex LEGO-brick bots, to building and programming them, and even conducting background research and developing marketing plans.

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