3 local schools to compete in robotics tourney

DULUTH - More than 1,000 high school students from nine states are gathering today through Saturday at the Gwinnett Center for the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition in Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Peachtree Regional.

Three Gwinnett County high schools - Duluth, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge - are competing in this year's tournament, which features a game called "Lunacy."

Teams had six weeks to design, build and program autonomous and remote-control robots, according to a news release. The game will take place on a low-friction playing field, and six teams of three students will form alliances to navigate their robots to collect and score balls in trailers attached to their opposing teams' robots.

Practice rounds will take place today, and seeding matches begin about 9 a.m. Friday. Final rounds are scheduled for 1 to 4:15 p.m. Saturday.

The tournament is free and open to the public.