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The annual rock'em, sock'em robotic competition known as FIRST will bring high school students from all over the western U.S. to the Maverick Center in West Valley City from March 13 to 15.

The For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology regional robotics competition (FIRST), co-sponsored by the University of Utah College of Engineering, brings 2,000 students from 48 high schools in nine states and Alberta, Canada, to see who can design and build the best robot that can perform a certain task.

This year, the robots will compete in a "volleyball-meets-soccer" event. Teams will try to outscore each other during a 2½-minute game. Winners qualify for the national championship April 23 to 26 in St. Louis.

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