LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Twenty high school students in Louisville are preparing for a robot war.
The aspiring engineers will compete in the FIRST (For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics World Championships on April 25 in Detroit.
During the championship, high school teams will compete head-to-head on a special playing field - using robots they designed, built and programmed.
The robots have to come together quickly: Teams have only six weeks to build and program the bots, which must perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors. And since every good robot needs great marketing, teams must also design a "brand" for their creations.
The program, which teaches students a bevvy of business, manufacturing and life skills, is supported by UPS. UPS helped the team with more than $25,000 in grants over the past few years. The company also donated the practice area for the team.