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Catholic Memorial High School students on the robotics team, The CyberSaders, in their second year competing, are one of only five teams from the Wisconsin Regional Championships to qualify to compete against teams from around the world at the 2017 FIRST Robotics Championships.

The CyberSaders will be competing in the FIRST World Championships, to be held in St. Louis fromĀ April 26-29, that includes 1,394 other qualifying teams from over 39 countries around the world.

The team qualified as the recipient of the Wildcard Bid, based on the engineering design of their robot, their performance during competition, and presentations given by team members explaining the process and strategy for their design.

In its two years of competition, the team has now qualified for the world championships both times.

Founded in 1989, FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) strives to inspire young people's interest and participation in science and technology.

Teams have just six weeks to build and program robots to perform challenging tasks against a field of competitors.

They must also raise funds, design a team "brand," hone teamwork skills, and perform community outreach. In addition to learning valuable STEM and life skills, participants are eligible to apply for college scholarships through the program.

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