Local high school students vying for world stage

Some high school students from our area will be busy for the next six weeks.

Posted: Jan 6, 2018 9:57 PM
Updated: Jan 8, 2018 10:33 AM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Some high school students from our area will be busy for the next six weeks. Four different teams will be designing robots to compete against people all over the world.


They are part of FIRST, or For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology. It's a program made up of teams and competitions.

Daphne Fauber is on the team at West Lafayette High School. She said FIRST is like sports, except you don't necessarily have to be athletic.

"It's the varsity sport of the mind which I think is really accurate and true because it is a lot of learning and it's hands-on learning and it's learning things you could never learn in a classroom," said Fauber. 

FIRST teams around the world gathered in rooms Saturday waiting for a game to be announced. The teams then have six weeks to build robots to complete the tasks.

The students work with Purdue students and engineers from our area to build the robots. Ralph Rivera is a graduate student at Purdue, who has been involved with FIRST for nine years.

"I never really had a sports team but first gave me something to be excited about that happens once a year," said Rivera. 

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