Middle and high school students from across the area, from Des Moines to Chicago competed in the 5th annual First Tech Challenge.
Teams built robots and then raced to see who could put more rings on pegs for a tic-tac-toe board. Organizers say seeing the students work together to make these robots makes it all worth it.
"To really see what the teams have made, and to see the interactions with the volunteers, mentors and coaches, when it comes to working with the kids it's really quite fascinating what the kids can do," says Rebecca Whitaker, organizer.
Six teams from today's qualifier will advance to Iowa City to face off in the state championship on February 22 and 23.
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