SYOSSET, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Thirty high schools from across Long Island and the country of Jamaica competed in a robot making contest Saturday.

As WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reported, the qualifying round of the annual FIRSTTech Challenge robotics competition in Syosset conjured thoughts of the Jetsons.

The students first took their ideas and put them on paper, then they had to build the robots.

“And then that’s like when creativity comes into play and these crazy designs come into play to score stuff,” said 16-year-old Raoul Sondhi.

“We’ve got a couple of six-hour practices under our belt and I think in total, we’ve had over 50 hours building this thing,” said Kaitlyn Allsopp, of Dix Hills.

The winning robots were able to pick up the most balls and put them into moving targets.




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