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Robot tournament held in arena at UH to feature 37 teams

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

The 10th Annual 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition Hawaii Regional kicked off at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday. For the next two days groups of three teams will form alliances and compete in the “FIRST STEAMWORKS” games which will culminate with playoff matches and awards on Saturday. Pictured is the competition arena which features rotors, gears and “boilers” as challenges for the robotic teams to score points.

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The 10th annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition is being hosted at the Stan Sheriff Center, with the competition area on the left side.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Hawaii’s 10th annual FIRST Robotics Regional Competition kicks off today at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

At top, Waialua Team 359 members Kobe Lunasco, left, and Toshio Yoshizuni prepared a robot for a practice run Thursday at the center.