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FIRST Robotics Championships Will Stay in St. Louis

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4/26/13-More than 12,000 K-12 students from around the country, and around the globe, gathered at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the FIRST Robotics Championship. Teams compete in different classes with robots they've built from the ground up over the past several weeks to perform different assigned tasks, like shooting a frisbee through a small slot or dragging themselves up a wall. Dean Kamen, the man responsible for inventing the Segway, launched the FIRST Robotics Championship in the late 1980's and often referred to them as the "Super Bowl of smarts". (KMOX/Brett Blume)

4/26/13-More than 12,000 K-12 students from around the country, and around the globe, gathered at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis for the FIRST Robotics Championship. Teams compete in different classes with robots they’ve built from the ground up over the past several weeks to perform different assigned tasks, like shooting a frisbee through a small slot or dragging themselves up a wall. Dean Kamen, the man responsible for inventing the Segway, launched the FIRST Robotics Championship in the late 1980’s and often referred to them as the “Super Bowl of smarts”. (KMOX/Brett Blume)

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – An international high school robotics competition has chosen St. Louis, once again, to host its annual robotics Championship.

St. Louis officials announced the news Monday at the Edward Jones Dome.

FIRST Robotics organized by FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) inked a three-year contract with the dome, extending their stay through 2017.

St. Louis has hosted the event since 2011.

FIRST Robotics volunteer Susie Mathieu, believes the reason why St. Louis won over other cities, is the simple fact that young competitors can do so much here in their downtime.

“All of our cultural institutions are available at no charge,” she says. Adding that some of the international teams visit St. Louis for an entire week, instead of just flying in for the three day event.

FIRST Robotics organizers picked St. Louis over Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Louisville, Ky.

Convention and Visitors Commission President Kitty Ratcliffe says the event occupies seven thousand hotel rooms and generates $17 million for the city.

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