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Teams from Lee’s Summit North High School and Summit Technology Academy participated in the third annual BotsKC competition, held March 24-25 at Olathe Northwest High School. LSNHS qualified for nationals at the event and will compete at the National Robotics League (also known as BattleBOTS) competition, scheduled for May 19-20 in California PA.

A team from Lee’s Summit North, called Plan A, qualified for nationals by winning all battles at the March 25 regional contest. LSNHS also received a $1,000 grant from the National Tooling and Machining Association, a sponsor for BotsKC, to assist team members in traveling to California, Pennsylvania.

The Summit Technology Academy team, called Cere Vis (Brain Power), finished fifth among the 19 teams.

The competition is a gladiator-style robot battle. High school and college teams work for approximately six months to design and build their lightweight robots with the creations competing against each other in three-minute matches.

Teams work closely with area manufacturing companies on their robots. BotsKC, sponsored by the Kansas City Tooling and Machining Association, is designed to introduce students to high-tech careers in a fast-paced competition. There are two Missouri regional competitions held each spring — one in St. Louis and one in Kansas City.