Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Jared Hilton tries to figure out why his team's robot won't work during a robotics competition at Weber State University in Ogden on Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016.

OGDEN — Elementary and high school students from across Utah will put their engineering skills to the test Saturday, Feb. 10, during a robotics competition at Weber State University. The event is open to the public.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Day competition and state championship will be held 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Swenson Gym and Shepherd Union Building. It will include young students experiencing their first introduction to technology, as well as teens who have proved their skills in previous qualifying rounds.

The day’s events will be divided among FIRST Lego League Jr., kindergarten to fourth grade; FIRST Lego League, fourth through eighth grades; and FIRST Tech Challenge for seventh through 12th grades.

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Competitors score points when robots they have designed, programmed and built complete certain tasks, such as navigating around obstacles, stacking blocks or picking up debris. Awards and trophies are given based on total points, as well as community outreach and design. Qualifying teams will secure spots in the upcoming world championship and super-regional competition.

WSU — Utah’s affiliate partner for the FIRST Tech Challenge, FIRST Lego League and FIRST Lego League Jr. — has hosted the event for the past six years, giving nearly 3,500 students hands-on experience with science, math and engineering.