Sixteen South Carolina schools are sending 30 teams to Bluffton High School for the Palmetto States Lowcountry VEX Robotics Competition on Saturday.
The high school and middle school teams have been woring for months to design, build, program and direct their robots. Each robot will compete in a series of highly competitive games.
Initially, the robots must fit inside of an 18-inch cube to start the matches. However, most will grow larger than that once the matches get under way.
Local teams include four teams from Bluffton High, as well as one team each from Whale Branch Early College High, H.E. McCracken Middle, Lady's Island Middle and Whale Branch Middle.
Teams compete in two minute matches throughout the morning, and after lunch teams will be chosen based on success in the morning events. Those teams chosen will compete in a single elimination tournament to determine the championship team.
Winners will then compete next month at the state competition in Columbia.
The goal of the competition is for students to learn engineering, math, marketing, research and leadership skills that will prepare them for high-tech jobs and future education.