Minnesota robotics teams go head to head in FIRST Tech Challenge

Robots took over a St. Paul high school on Saturday.

Students from across Minnesota competed in the FIRST Tech Challenge state robotics competition Saturday at Washington Tech Magnet School in St. Paul.

The robots are pre-programmed and operated with Xbox controllers. The team whose robot builds the highest tower is crowned the winner.

Cheryl Moller is the executive director of High Tech Kids, a nonprofit that supports youth STEM programs throughout the state, including three robotics programs.

"We have a progression of programs — everything from kindergartners playing with Legos all the way to the bigger kids doing some pretty fancy technical stuff," Moller said.

Nine of the 48 teams in the tournament will advance to the world championships in April.