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Robotics competition brings teams from around the country

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Thousands were in Myrtle Beach to cheer on students who have taken an interest in technology at a regional robotics competition, held from Thursday to Saturday.

The 10th Annual Palmetto Regional Robotics Competition brought teams of students from all over the world to the Myrtle Beach Convention Center.

Students who participate in the program learn that the basic concepts of math, science, engineering, and invention in a competition that is not only fun, but can also prepare them for an exciting future in the workforce.

Congressman Tom Rice came out Saturday to show his support, and to let the public know how important this program is.

"You know, in Washington, we're always faced with a lot of mountains we need to climb," he said. "These kids are building robots that climb mountains. These are the mountain climbers of the future."

Sixty-five teams representing 12 states, Washington D.C. and Brazil were given basic robot parts and six weeks to assemble a robot that could shoot Frisbees into a target and climb a pyramid structure.

"We've got to expose them to technology or they are going to be left behind," said a Bucky Sellars, a teacher at the Academy for Arts Science and Technology. "By the time they get out of college there's no telling what a cell phone can do."

This is the tenth year for the state competition, but the first time it's come to Myrtle Beach. Teams from Carolina High School and Conway High school were there as well.

"This competition really teaches you a lot about deadlines and teamwork," said Conway High School senior Jacob Moreland.

Many of the students, like Kyle Gibson, who wants to work with the Department of Defense someday, may go on to change the world.

"One of the things in this field would be in defense to help protect against the threat of nuclear missile," he said.

The top eight teams will go on to compete at the World Competition in St. Louis this April.

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