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Photos: Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition

People & Places Jennifer Simonson · ·

1 George McIntyre, left, and Zach Ruddle, both seniors at Lakeville South High School, make some last-minute improvements to their team's robot on Thursday, March 28, 2013, before the first practice round in the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. More than 120 high school teams designed robots that can throw flying discs and climb pyramids during the competition. 
2 Lakeville South High School teammates lift their team's robot onto a scale as they check in for the first practice round on Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. Robots, designed by the teams to throw flying discs and climb pyramids, can weigh up to 150 pounds and stand up to 7 feet tall. 
3 Lakeville South senior George McIntyre checks an electronic connection on the team's robot Thursday, March 28, 2013 prior to the first practice round in the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. 
4 Minnetonka High School freshman Wyatt Weber wears chicken feet in the pit area while working on his team's robot Thursday, March 28, 2013, practice day for the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. Weber's team is called "Chicken Pot Pie," and he said he plans to dress as a chicken during the competition. 
5 High school robotics teams from around the state were busy with last-minute preparations in the pit area prior to the first practice round Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. 
6 Sophomore Deondre Gathright, left, and senior Ronell Lynn, from Metro Tech Career Academy in Minneapolis, work on their team's robot Thursday, March 28, 2013 before the first practice round in the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. 
7 Students on the Metro Tech Career Academy team housed their robot's electronics in a briefcase, foreground, to protect them during competition. Senior Ronell Lynn works on the robot prior to a practice round Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. 
8 Mahtomedi sophomore Sean Noel, right, and coach Mike Mitchell, who works at 3M, drill a hole in a mounting bracket for the team's robot Thursday, March 28, 2013 during the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. The two were using a drill that belonged to the Annandale High School team, and said it is not uncommon for teams to help each other during the competition. 
9 The hallway between the competition arena and the team pit areas Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota. 
10 Robots ready to compete, throwing flying discs and climbing pyramids, during a practice round Thursday, March 28, 2013 at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competition at the University of Minnesota.