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University mentored team among winners in robotic competition

A University of Minnesota mentored team was among the winners at the robotics competitions that were held at Williams and Mariucci arenas this weekend.

The Washburn High School team was mentored by university engineering students from Theta Tau, and co-ed professional engineering fraternity.

The team will now be traveling to Atlanta to compete nationally in April.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) designs a new game every year and the competing teams must build a robot specifically for the game.

This was the first time the Washburn team, the Washburn Millerbots, competed in the competition.

The Minnesota Daily reported that this is the second regional competition to be held at the university, which hosted 102 competing teams.

The competition included 81 Minnesota teams, a drastic increase from the one Minnesota team that competed in 2005.