NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Students from around the world were in New York City this weekend for a robotics competition billed as a “varsity sport of the mind.”

The FIRST Robotics Competition was underway at the Jacob Javits Convention Center Saturday.

Using strict rules, limited resources and time limits, participating students have to raise funds and create a team brand as they build robots to perform certain specific tasks against a vast field of competitors.

This year’s event featured a game called Ultimate Ascent, a version of Frisbee performed by teams of colorful mechanized carts hurling plastic saucers at goals on a field.

More than 60 student teams had six weeks to design and build robots using a kit of parts with set rules.

Competitors include students from John Dewey High School in Brooklyn.

The three-day regional event ends Saturday, with teams advancing to the finals in late April in St. Louis, Mo.

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