Columbus Students Prepare For Robot Competition

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At the Educational Technology Conference in Columbus, it’s not just about the educators.

Students from all around the area are preparing for a robot competition.

Second time competitor Jadon Bartman, 12, said the competition can be challenging.

"It's kind of tense sometimes because you have to work with partners, and sometimes the gears fall out," he said.

While the official competition was pushed back to next week due to harsh weather, the robot teams don’t mind working overtime.

The students said they enjoy programming robots in their spare time.

"It’s kind of hard to get into in the beginning but once you start building it and realize how it’s coming together you get more interested in it, and I think it definitely helps a lot with other areas of your schooling," said Libby Strine, 12, a first time competitor.

The Educational Technology Conference will continue through Wednesday.

Caleigh Bourgeois is a fellow in Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism Statehouse News Bureau. Follow her on Twitter @caleighreports.