GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - For the first time, a regional high school robotics competition was held in South Mississippi.
"It's really great. I never thought we'd have something like this in Gulfport, much less Mississippi," said Gulfport High sophomore Savannah Templeton.
Templeton's group - Team Fusion - was one of many at the inaugural Beach Bot Battle Robotics Competition.
In the past, many teams traveled to other states to participate in competitions. But thanks to Mississippi Power, they didn't have to leave their hometown.
"A lot of these teams have been in competition in other parts of the country and we wanted them to feel like they were coming to a great event when they came to South Mississippi," said Mississippi Power spokesperson, Jeff Shepard. "We've had about 15 engineers working on this event for several months."
With competitors from both Louisiana and Mississippi, Templeton was happy to see diverse teams.
"In this competition, the girls are the welders and the mechanics and the programmers," she said. "It's really great that it's no longer male dominated and we can get into that," said Templeton.