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Robotics competition kicks into gear at Metropolitan Community College

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than one thousand kids spent the weekend in a battle of the brains at the 11th annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition at Metropolitan Community College.

60 teams vied for a shot at the World Competitions.

The event is designed to promote careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM. Many of the kids at the competition will go on to receive huge college scholarships and eventually, a good chance at landing 6-figure salaries.

FOX 4's Carey Wickersham was given unprecedented access in the "pits" just before the competition.

The winning alliance at today’s competition:

Team 1987 Lee’s Summit North High School

Team 624 Cinco Ranch High (Katy TX)

Team 5801 Fort Osage Career & Tech Center

Also advancing to the World Championships in St. Louis in April are winners of:

Chairman’s Award: Team 1730 Lee’s Summit High School,

Engineering Inspiration Award: Team 1710 of Olathe Northwest High School

Rookie All Star Award: Team 6419, West Des Moines High School

A wild card slot went to Team 4959 Staley High School.

The Tigerbytes won an Industrial Design Award.