BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Robots invaded Biloxi High School on Saturday, but they were being operated by some very young and talented students. In the true competitive spirit, there was plenty of cheering and chanting going on, but these young competitors were not at a sporting event. It was a robotics competition.
"I think it's so much fun. Like you get to compete, and then you win. It's like you get that good feeling that you win and everything," said Elena Camacho.
The match up was more of a scrimmage, only featuring local robotics teams from area schools. Just as interesting as the robots themselves were the reasons why these children chose to get involved with robotics.
"My dad got a degree in drafting, and because like, when I'm building a robot, I don't feel anything. I don't feel any pressure," said Kylie Chinn.
Kylie's teammate, Matthew Camacho, says building the robot made him feel good.
"It wasn't easy, but it wasn't that hard either, so you know it was good," said Matthew.
During each round, there were two robots from each team in the ring. Behind each robot's movement was a remote control operator, like Derick Pineda.
"There's two robots. One that stacks on poles and one that builds the sky rise. I was driving the one that builds the sky rise," said Derick.
He loves robotics and hopes to one day use his knowledge to pursue a career in engineering.
"I like robotics, because it's engineering. I like engineering, because it changes the world," said Derick.
The winners of the competition were the Popps Ferry Predators.