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NORTH OLMSTED -- Getting high school students excited about science and technology can be a challenge. One competition transforms building and controlling robots into a sporting event.

A group of North Olmsted High School students have been staying after school. The reason? To build frisbee-throwing robots.

They are preparing for the Buckeye FIRST Robotics competition.

"It's really awesome," said freshman Justin Bond. "I didn't know it was going to be more than I expected, hands-on."

"I thought it would be interesting because I wanted, when I go off to college, I want to be an engineer," said senior Megan Davison.

Senior Evan Sunders also plans on a career as an engineer and said, "I really thought this would be a great opportunity, a great experience builder, and I just thought it would be fun."

The students' robots will face other teams and race against to clock to throw frisbees through a target to score points. Teams are given a box of parts to start designing and building their robots.

"We pulled all the stuff out of the box and I was like, 'oh my goodness, this is a lot.' This is just so much to build this," said Davison.

And they only have six weeks to get it done, but these students don't back away from the challenge, according to there science teacher Mike Morel.

"They are here committed every single night, they don't see it as work. They just really like to be there and want to help and it's just amazing teaching them a different way. They just all of a sudden want to learn," said Morel.

This is the first year that North Olmsted High School has participated, so students may be a little nervous about the competition, but they are confident that it has been a great experience.

"I'm excited to see it, I just hope we can get it to launch," said Davison.

"What I've heard is that everyone is really friendly about it," said Sunders. "So I think it will be fun just getting to met everyone and see what they did compared to ours. So I'm really excited. I can't wait."

The 12th AnnualBuckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition is set for the weekend of March 28-30 at the Wolstein Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Other area schools participating in the competition are: East Technical School, Beachwood High School, Midpark High School, Cleveland Mertropolitan School District, Berea High School, St. Ignatius High School, Lorain High School, Orange High School, St. Edward High School, Hathaway Brown School, Highland High School, Hoover High School, Avon Lake High School andParma Community High.

Buckeye Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

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