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Hilhi, Glencoe, Liberty and Century high schools will compete at world robotics championships.

COURTESY PHOTO - Glencoe's 'Shockwave' robotics team has long been known as a powerhouse in local robotics competitions. This year, students from all four Hillsboro School District high schools will compete at the FIRST robotic championships. Students from each of Hillsboro's four high schools are boarding a plane for Texas this week to compete in the World Robotics Championships.

On Thursday, April 11, school district officials said students from Hillsboro, Glencoe, Liberty and Century high schools qualified for the annual championships of FIRST Robotics — For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology. The national program works to promote science and engineering through robotics competitions.

Through FIRST, students across the country design and build robots capable of competing in simple games, such as stacking blocks or playing soccer-like sports.

The world championships, held in Houston and Detroit, Mich., draws more than 70,000 people from around the world, according to FIRST Robotics.

The robotics teams at Glencoe and Liberty high schools qualified for the world championships in the program's "FIRST Robotics Competition," which uses large-scale robots. The two teams qualified after competing in the Northwest District Championships in Tacoma earlier this month.

Each year, the program sends teams the instructions for a game. It's up to the teams to design and build robots to compete in that game. This year's FRC game, "Destination Deep Space," requires two teams to work together to hang rings and insert large balls into cubicles in a timed competition.

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