Robots Invade CWU

<p>FIRST Robot Challenge</p>

FIRST Robot Challenge

Throughout the weekend, robots will be invading the Central Washington University campus.

It's part of the FIRST Robotics Challenge -- students have spent the past few months designing and constructing robots.

They are then placed on this field where teams of three compete in a "basketball" style game.

The event works in conjunction with the STEM program; science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Many students say they can see a career in engineering.

"Before, I didn't even know how to drill a hole, or a pre-drill," said Mabton High School senior, Enrique Leyva, "Pretty much now I can probably build my own little robot."

"They see that it's not just some ambiguous dream to go into engineering or manufacturing, they get to see and work with the people and say 'what are their jobs, what do they really do, what do they have to learn?' said coordinator Susan Martucci, "They do that through the robots."

The top teams from this weekend's tournament will advance to the regional championship next month in Portland, Oregon, the winners from that will go on to nationals.

Winners become eligible for scholarships totaling more than $19 million.