Rapid City robotics team to compete in world tournament

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) – Six students from a Rapid City high school are heading to Kentucky to compete in an international robotics tournament.

The Rapid City Stevens High School students are among robotics teams from more than 40 countries who will attend the VEX Robotics World Championship in Louisville this week. The tournament draws students from middle schools, high schools and universities to design and build a robot to compete in an engineering challenge.

Senior Ian Helgeson says that the team has been working on its robot since September.

He says it’s a “special privilege” to be among 520 international teams invited to the tournament.

The students will compete in preliminary rounds Thursday and Friday to win a spot in the final round, which will be held Saturday.

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