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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
"Amp Man" of the Academy for Math, Engineering and Science (AMES) in Salt Lake City hangs around with classmates at the FIRST Robotics Utah Regional Competition at the Maverick Center in West Valley on Thursday, March 15, 2012. FIRST Robotics is a national event where high school students, with the help of mentors, design and build robots, which compete against each other. The robots are designed to fulfill objectives, which vary from year to year.

WEST VALLEY CITY — Robots took over the Maverik Center on Thursday.

No, it wasn't an invasion, but rather the FIRST Robotics Utah Regional Competition.

Teams of high school students from throughout the West brought their mechanical creations to take part in the competition, which runs through Saturday.