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Joplin High School Students "Battle Their Bots" Against Area Schools

Dozens of students from across the Show-Me-State compete in a robotics competition called the Four State Shoot Out.
JOPLIN, MO -- Dozens of students from across the Show-Me-State compete in a robotics competition called the Four State Shoot Out. The all-day event was held at the Joplin High School 11-12 campus. After months of working on the robots, 16 teams competed against each other for the best design. Each robot was judged on its ability to complete certain tasks, like pull-ups and picking up objects. Coordinators say this is a fun way to teach students skills they can use after high school.

"For some of our major industry partners here in Joplin, they have a lot of automation equipment that this robotics stuff can really help those kids understand how to operate something like that later in life," said Kaci Dorton, Event Coordinator.

"This is the funnest thing I've ever done. I've devoted my life to it. We're here every day. We even met over winter break so that's how fun it is for me," said Jonah Thatch, Student Participant.

The competition aims to inspire students to pursue STEM-related education and career paths.
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