HIGH SPRINGS ‒ A local youth robotics team is headed to a statewide championship competition. The Swampbots Frogmen Robotics team, a member of the FIRST® LEGO® League, is a youth robotics league supported by the High Springs Parks & Recreation Department. FIRST® LEGO® League introduces youth to science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through hands-on learning.

Recently, the Frogmen team, made up of nine boys and girls from the area, competed in the Northeast Florida Regional Championship, placing third overall, out of 40 teams. With the Frogmen’s third-place finish, the team has earned the right to compete in the upcoming Florida State Championship, March 31 and April 1, with the overall winner earning a bid to the World Championship in Houston, Texas.

In addition to their state championship appearance, The Frogmen have also been invited to compete against some of the best teams from around the world at the Long Beach Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., May 12-14. Only 80 teams were invited to participate in this event.

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