Hundreds of high school students to compete in state robotics competition

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Hundreds of high school students and their robots will flood the Kern County Fairgrounds Saturday for the 2018 Central California Robotics State Championship competition.

Many of these students have been working on their robots since last April, working 'round the clock preparing their robots to compete in this years game, "In the Zone," in which their robot has to stack cones on stationary goals as well as mobile goals.

Teams can consist of as little as one person or as many as 20.

"It's very tense for me," Adam Roberts, member of Centennial High School's robotics team said. "I'm the driver so I'm constant, I'm always in the match controlling the robot and it is very tense. It gets crazy up there with four different robots moving around, having up to twelve people up there, just screaming yelling and you've got the audience, it gets crazy."

Six robots from Centennial High, a robot from Bakersfield High and a robot from Frontier will be among those competing tomorrow.

The event takes place at the fair grounds in Building 1 starting at 9 a.m.

Those who qualify will move onto the world championship in Louisville April 25-28.

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