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Mar 17, 2014 6:54 PM by April Hansen, KSBY News

Local high school competing in world championship robotics competition

A local high school is competing in the FIRST World Championship robotics competition next month in St. Louis, Missouri.

The Santa Ynez Valley Union High School Mechapirates won the All-Star award at the Central Valley Regional Tournament, qualifying them for the FIRST World Championship.

FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."

Eighteen students worked with several mechanical and electrical mentors from the community for several weeks to build a robot from start to finish.

"None of us knew it would be this challenging or this exciting or have this sense of achievement we would all get from building something like this. When I look, it doesn't feel like something I did because I never thought I could make something so reliable that could work so well," Mechapirates member Victor McConnell said.

The Mechapirates need to raise about $10,000 to travel to Missouri for the world championship.

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