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Robots invade Cashman Center for Robotics Regional Invitational

Cimmaron Memorial's entry to the robotics competition (Bradford Boyer | KSNV)

Robots are taking over Las Vegas! No need to worry though, they are the friendly creations of high school students gathering to compete for college scholarships.

Students from around the entire world are gathered here in Las Vegas, going head-to-head in this year's FIRST Robotics Regional Competition.

The competition pits some of the brightest students from 46 different schools from around the entire world against each other in a team robot competition.

This year’s theme is steam – with robots that use steam-driven airships to collect fuel balls to power their boilers.

The spirted event will showcase some of the most unique robotics technology, and the winner will earn a trip to the national championship next month in St. Louis.

Nine teams from the Las Vegas area are in this year's competition. Their coaches said they've worked tirelessly for months and for good reason -- $50 million in college scholarship dollars are up for grabs.

“This is the hardest fun that they will ever have,” said the Clark High School Robotics Mentor, Coach Victor. “They are going to be learning about engineering, programming, electrical engineering, design, teamwork, collaboration, public speaking, business skills and fundraising all in one program."

If you'd like to check out the fun admission to watch the competition is free, aside from parking. For more details, click here.


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