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Robots Take Over Cashman Center for Competition

Some of the best and brightest students from around the country are in Las Vegas this weekend for the FIRST Robotics Competition Southwest Regionals.

More than 47 high school teams from seven states and seven countries will be competing against each other at Cashman Center.

The students have spent the past six weeks creating robots that can toss disks into a goal and then climb a pyramid. During the competition, the robots must try to score as many disks into the goals as possible in two minutes and 15 seconds.

Disks that hit higher goals score more points. Robots which can then climb the pyramids at the end of the match get bonus points.

The winners of this weekend's competition move on to the national championships set for later this month in St. Louis, Missouri.

The whole idea behind the competition is to get kids interested in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, classes.  

Eleven of the teams in the competition are from Las Vegas-area schools

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