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Engineering students compete for chance at state championships

RIDGELAND, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Students from four Mississippi schools converged in Ridgeland Saturday to see who can build the best robots.

The Olde Towne Middle School Robotics Tournament features sixteen of the biggest teams in the Magnolia State, trying to qualify for the state championships.

Engineering teacher Bill Richardson said the students have to try to build a robot that doesn't violate the rules of the competition, but they're not given any instructions on how to do it.

"They have to follow the engineering design process, and they basically start from scratch. Metal, tires, everything. Build a robot to play the game and try to beat other robots," Richardson said.

"It's very intense. We spend, like, months coming here after school every day from the high school, and then we build and build until we find a robot that works," said Ridgeland tenth grader Melvin Nguyen.

Richardson said Nguyen knows what he's doing.

His team has already qualified for the U.S. National Championships.

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