Off-season robotics competition in Austintown isn’t just about winning

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Eighteen teams from Ohio and Pennsylvania fought for the title of “best robot” Saturday at an off-season robotics competition in Austintown.

The event, which is under the FIRST Robotics Competition umbrella, was held at Austintown Fitch High School.

The robots used at the competition were from last year’s competition season — a tradition that started in 2014 because there were no other robotics events in the area.

“Off-season competitions are a good time to teach younger team members how to operate the robot and kind of how the team works, and it also helps rookie teams figure out what a competition is like,” said Elise Yantes, of Austintown’s Falco Tech Robotics Team.

It’s a day-long event.

“So everyone here gets eight preliminary matches and after that, all of the teams are ranked based on how well they did,” Yantes said.

This year had a video game theme.

“We have cubes and they’re called power cubes, and we have switches and scales. The robots have to come on to the scales and keep possession for their alliance,” Yantes said.

Even though the competition may be stiff, people say it’s all in good fun and about learning and getting better with each competition.

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