Robots invade Mountain Crest as student teams compete

HYRUM—Students gathered to compete in a Vex Robotics competition last week at Mountain Crest High School. Nineteen teams from around the country, including Utah, Idaho, and Nebraska, took part, with students remotely controlling their robots from the side of a rink filled with obstacles. The object was to place plastic rings on posts. Each robot, designed and constructed by the students, is part of the Texas-based Vex Robotics learning program. The company provides the parts, the programming capability, and sponsors the competition, but the students must provide the creativity and ingenuity to win. Students who win have a chance to advance to the World Vex Robotics Competition at Disney World in April. Most participating students, however, have their sights aimed higher than just Disney World. “I want to build spaceships,” said student Kyla Johnson, who wants to become an aerospace engineer.

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