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NY contest draws teens with Frisbee-playing robots

Saturday - 3/9/2013, 9:01pm  ET

NEW YORK (AP) -- Students from high schools around the world are in New York City for a robotics competition that organizers are billing as a "varsity sport of the mind."

This year's FIRST Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center features a game called Ultimate Ascent, a version of Frisbee performed by teams of colorful mechanized carts hurling plastic saucers at goals on a field.

More than 60 student teams had six weeks to design and build robots using a kit of parts with set rules.

The three-day regional event winds up today, with teams advancing to the finals in late April in St. Louis, Mo.

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183-a-09-(Will Marshall, 17-year-old team member, Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge, England, in AP interview)-"over the world"-Will Marshall, a student from Cambridge, England, says it's great that the competition has attracted so many students from all over. (9 Mar 2013)

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181-a-11-(Harold Gonzalez, 16-year-old team member, John Dewey High School, in AP interview)-"amazing what happens"-16-year-old Harold Gonzalez, from John Dewey High School, says it's not that hard to remotely control the robot to play Frisbee. (9 Mar 2013)

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182-a-13-(Kemi Oluwanifise (KEH'-mee oh-lee-wahn-uh-FEE'-shay), planner, New York City FIRST Robotics Competition, in AP interview)-"learn mechanical engineering"-One of the planners of the FIRST Robotics Competition, Kemi Oluwanifise, says it's a real challenge for students who have to build and program a robot. (9 Mar 2013)

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184-r-32-(Sound of announcers, at New York City FIRST Robotics Competition, as the robots compete in throwing Frisbees and climbing)--Sound of announcers at New York City FIRST Robotics Competition, as the robots compete in throwing Frisbees and climbing. (9 Mar 2013)

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180-w-34-(Julie Walker, AP correspondent, with Alex Baraker, 17-year-old team leader, John Dewey High School and Harold Gonzalez, 16-year-old team member, John Dewey High School)--Robots playing Frisbee? It's part of robotics competition that's attracted hundreds of high school students from around the world. AP correspondent Julie Walker reports from New York. ((opens with sound)) (9 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR104: In this photo provided by New York City FIRST, two unidentified members of Blue Alliance Team 759, representing Hills Road Sixth Form College, Cambridge UK, talk in the "pits" during the 13th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Students from high schools around the world are in New York City for a robotics competition that organizers are billing as a "varsity sport of the mind." (AP Photo/New York City First, Charles Gallo) (8 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR101: In this photo provided by New York City First, the Blue Alliance Team 375 robot launches Frisbees toward the goal to score points, during the 13th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Students from high schools around the world are in New York City for a robotics competition that organizers are billing as a "varsity sport of the mind." (AP Photo/New York City FIRST, Charlies Gallo) (9 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR102: In this photo provided by New York City First, The Blue Alliance Team 884 robot, top, climbs and scores points as the Blue Alliance Team 759, left, and Red Alliance Team 694 robots run offensive and defensive tactics during the 13th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, Saturday, March 9, 2013. The 884 robot was built by the Malverne High School team from Malverne, N.Y. The Blue Alliance 759 robot was built by the Hills Road Sixth Form College, in Cambridge UK, and the Red Alliance robot was built by Stuyvesant High School in New York City. Students from high schools around the world are in New York City for a robotics competition that organizers are billing as a "varsity sport of the mind." (AP Photo/New York City FIRST, Charles Gallo) (9 Mar 2013)

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APPHOTO NYR103: In this photo provided by New York City FIRST, a team member from Staten Island Technical High School, from the Staten Island borough of New York, loads Frisbees into Blue Alliance robot 375, during practice rounds at the 13th Annual FIRST Robotics Competition at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York, Saturday, March 9, 2013. Students from high schools around the world are in New York City for a robotics competition that organizers are billing as a "varsity sport of the mind." (AP Photo/New York City FIRST, Charles Gallo) (7 Mar 2013)

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