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Laura Seitz, Deseret News
American Fork High School's Blake Mower and Andrew Rasmussen confer while competing at the Utah Regional FIRST Robotics Competition takes place at the Maverik Center in West Valley City on Friday, March 14, 2014. The FIRST Robotics Competition is a program that challenges high school students working with professional mentors to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students.

WEST VALLEY CITY — In an arena where hockey players try to score goals, student-made robots are trying to do the same.

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The FIRST Robotics Competition is taking place at the Maverik Center, having started Friday and continuing Saturday 8:30-5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

The competition is a program that challenges high school students — working with professional mentors — to design and build a robot to contend in competitions that measure the effectiveness of each robot, the power of collaboration and the determination of students.

It features a game called Aerial Assist, in which team alliances compete by trying to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two-minute and 30-second match.