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Taiwan team through to national robotics competition in U.S.

2019/03/11 15:29:00

San Diego, March 10 (CNA) A team of high school students from Taiwan has advanced to the national championships of a robotics competition in the United States after winning at the regional level in San Diego, California, on Saturday.

The 30 students from Taoyuan Municipal Nei Li Senior High School (NLHS), will now compete in the "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology" (FIRST) Championship in Detroit from April 24-27.

Speaking about the robot, Tsai Ting-ke (蔡廷科), an NLHS teacher told CNA that the terms of the competition required that the robot be built entirely of metal with computer numerical programing, pneumatic hydraulic clamps and power panelboards.

Such applications are not easy for high school students, but the NHLS group "was willing to try and this made me feel very proud," Tsai said.

"I told the students that the best way for people to know about us in Taiwan is to excel overseas," he said.

Tsai also expressed appreciation for the fact that the team was allowed to carry the Taiwan national flag into the competition.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a multinational contest that has drawn the participation of some 96,250 students in 3,850 teams from competitions held across the U.S. and in other parts of the world, according to the event's website.

The goal is to bring together professionals and young people to solve engineering design problems, the website says.

(By Lin Hung-han and William Yen)