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Robots built by Western students compete for speed, dexterity

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This robot is at war pick up as many rings as possible  

February 26, 1999
Web posted at: 11:07 p.m. EST (0407 GMT)

MOUNTAIN VIEW, California (CNN) -- Students from 28 schools in the western United States gathered Friday for the Western Regional Robot Games, testing the speed and dexterity of robots they constructed from a kit.

The competition is part of a NASA program to encourage students to pursue careers in science and engineering. Robots are the focus because they are expected to play large roles in future space exploration.

The robots are built by each school team from a kit of materials provided by NASA. Each team can also spend up to $400 to customize its machines.


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