More than 1,000 high school students from 41 Michigan teams will compete in a robotics tournament at Grand Valley State University today through Saturday.

Teams will compete with robots they built and designed for the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics District competition in the Fieldhouse on the Allendale Campus.

This year’s game is “Stronghold,” which challenges teams to score points by breaching opponents’ forts, weakening their towers with boulders and capturing the opposing tower.

The teams had six weeks to design and build the robots for the competition.

Michigan has more FIRST Robotics teams than any other state, with more than 410 teams. Winners will move on to the state championship April 13-16 at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids. The world championship will take place April 27-30 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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