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Center Grove robotics team wins title at state competition


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A group of Center Grove High School students won a state robotics title this weekend.

The Red Alert Robotics squad joined up with teams from Pike and Carmel high schools to win the tournament in Elkhart. The team competed in a FIRST Robotics competition, which is a game in which players use radio-controlled robots try to score goals.

Teams play for 2½ minutes and try to get as many points as possible by scoring goals, with bonus points for activities such as passing balls to other robots on your team or getting a ball through an area above the arena.

Center Grove was one of 24 teams taking part in the tournament and was ranked sixth overall. More than 50 students take part in Red Alert Robotics, according to its website.

“It’s more than just building the robots. It’s different personalities and traits coming out and putting together a team. That includes outreach and really making an impact on the community,” said Tom Ramirez, assistant captain of Center Grove Red Alert Robotics.

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