DETROIT (WWJ) – About 500 students from 39 high schools are competing this weekend in the 2011 First Robotics Detroit District competition at Wayne State University. 

Fourteen year old Ronald Sears of Pontiac High School says each time has had to put in a lot of hours building their robots and preparing for the Logo Motion competition.

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“Four hours every school day, (the same as everyone else on the team, he is quick to say) since mid-January. I’m into science, I’m part of the electrical team, ” says Sears.

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The annual robotics competition is helping to get teens geeked about science and engineering.

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“This year the teams have to create the first logo on the racks that are hanging up on both sides of the field, and they have to do this within a certain amount of time. They also, the challenge is at the end, they have these four goals that they have to let mini robots race to the top.  And they get bonus points for completing that,” says Carlos Moore, volunteer coordinator.