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Competitors load a robot with a large exercise ball as they prepare for a practice round at the IndianaFIRST State Championship for robotics Saturday, May 10, 2014. Teams used robots to toss the balls out of the pit to score points. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Team Hammond's Eric Brogdon, right, and Michael Wippo carry the team's robot out of the competition pit after running a practice round at the IndianaFIRST State Championship at North Side Gymnasium on Saturday, May 10, 2014. Teams used robots to toss large exercise balls out of the pit to score points. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Robots work in the pit as they compete in the IndianaFIRST State Championship for robotics Saturday, May 10, 2014. Teams used robots to toss the balls out of the pit to score points. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

Kevin Espinoza from team 4272 from Lafayette pulls his team's robot into the pit with his teammates during the IndianaFIRST State Championship for robotics Saturday, May 10, 2014. Teams used robots to toss the balls out of the pit to score points. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)

North Side Middle School eighth-grader Jonathan Miller throws an exercise ball back to a base area as he helps work the pit during the IndianaFIRST State Championship for robotics Saturday, May 10, 2014. Teams used robots to toss the balls out of the pit to score points. (Jennifer Shephard/The Elkhart Truth)
Robots do battle at North Side Gym
Posted on May 10, 2014 at 5:12 p.m.

 

North Side Gym was the scene of a different type of competition Saturday, May 10. Teams from around the state competed in the IndianaFIRST State Robotics Competition.

Student robotics team members watched as team "drivers" controlled the robots in "the pit" arena where large exercise balls were chased, picked up and tossed to designated areas for points.

After practice rounds in the morning, the teams made alliances that they used when they matched up during the afternoon 3-on-3 competition.

The robots passed an exercise ball from one end of the basketball-court-sized field to the other. Robots also shot the balls into a goal at the end of the field.

Penn High School's Black Knight robotics team reached the semifinals, where they were eliminated. Carmel High School's TechHOUNDS of Carmel, Pike High School's RoboDevils of Indianapolis and Center Grove High School's Red Alert of Greenwood were the winning alliance during Saturday's competition.