Students from the Washington area and from farther afield build and then coach their robots in a skills competition. The robots throw discs and climb pyramids to score points for their team.
March 29, 2013 Jeremy Besperman, 16, and Spencer Lombardo, 17, of Angelic Technology in Culpeper, Va., control their robot via remote control outside the arena during the FIRST robotics regional competition in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington. The students are members of Team Robo Hamsters. Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post Buy Photo