Englewood youth participate in Ill. Robotics Challenge

December 11, 2011 5:41:51 AM PST
Some of the best young engineering minds from around the state are in Chicago competing in the Illinois Robotics Challenge. This year it includes students from one of Chicago's roughest neighborhoods.

More than 30 teams, each made up of 10 students, have worked together in the design and construction of remote control robots. The robots compete in matches of mobility and dexterity.

Among the teams qualifying for Saturday's meet are the E! Team Innovators from the Englewood area's Bridge Academy Program. They made it in their very first year of existence.

"It gave me a chance to go out and use robots, 'cause I thought it'd be cool and when I actually got a chance to do it, it turned out to be very fun," said Dionte Shears, E! Team Innovators.

"We were in first place in the last competition and now it's a possibility we might be in first place this time," said Anfernee Luca, E! Team Innovators.

The E Team Innovators made it to the third round Saturday but were later eliminated.

The winning team will represent Illinois at the national competition coming up in April in St. Louis.

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