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Team of high school students to compete in Robotics World Championship

Wired Wizards (Source: SeaChange Global) Wired Wizards (Source: SeaChange Global)

A team of students from five Wilmington high schools have winning down to a science.

The team is called the Wired Wizards and they will compete in the “FIRST” World Robotics Championships in St. Louis, Missouri Apr. 26, according to a news release. FIRST stands for “for inspiration and recognition or science and technology.”

29 students from Laney, New Hanover, Hoggard, Wilmington Early College, Isaac Bear Early College as well as homeschoolers won one of two Engineering Inspiration Awards from among 32 teams at the North Carolina State Championship in Charlotte earlier this month.

900 teams and 20,000 young people from 39 countries participate in the competition.

 “Winning the state competition was amazing for these young people,” said Ben Barbour, team coach and computer science lecturer at UNCW. “Next thing you know we get the call that we have two weeks to get the robot ready, crated and shipped, and the team ready to get to St. Louis to compete against the world. FedEx is a sponsor so the robot shipped traveled there for free. We have to raise about $20,000 to get the team to St. Louis.”

The team is part of a nonprofit organization called Port City Robotics. You can donate to the team by clicking here.

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