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Arrowhead High School's robotics team Cyberhawks 706 took ninth place of 40 teams recently at the Central Illinois Regional at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois. The team lost, 305-255, in the quarter finals.

The team also placed as a finalist for the Industrial Safety Award.

The game for this year is titled FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Steamworks. On Jan. 7, about 3,400 teams received their challenge: six weeks to fundraise, design, build and program a robot with a fun, steampunk theme. Robots had to be designed to accomplish goals established by this year's contest.

In competition, two alliances of three teams each face off to prepare their "airships" in a long-distance race. Teams are awarded points by collecting fuel balls to build steam pressure, deliver gears to their pilot to start rotors and ascend ropes attached to the side of the air ship to signal their robot is ready for flight. The alliance with the most points at the end of the match wins.

Apart from winning matches, teams also compete for 18 awards that showcase robot functions, community outreach, gracious professionalism, safety and more.

Team 706 and 53 other teams will set to compete Friday and Saturday, March 24 and 25, at the UW Panther Arena. Admission is free. More information can be found at firstinspires.org and arrowheadrobotics.org. 

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