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UPDATE: West Salem, Houston teams fair well in robotics competition

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ST. LOUIS (WXOW) - An update on the Houston and West Salem teams competing in the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis.

In the Archimedes Division, West Salem's Gearbox Heroes finished in 67th place out of 100 teams.

Meanwhile, in the Newton Division, the Houston Hurricanes were ranked in 90th place.

West Salem sported a record of 4-6 in their matches, while Houston finished 2-8.

Each team's robot was designed to pick up a large ball and place it in a basket. Three schools made up each side for each timed match.

This was the first time either team had competed in the championships.

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ST. LOUIS (WXOW) - Teams from West Salem and Houston take on others from around the world in a robotics competition.

They are at the FIRST Robotics Championship in St. Louis at the Edwards Jones Dome.

West Salem's team, the Gearbox Heroes, is from West Salem High School.  This is their first time in the competition.  They made the championships after competing at the 2014 Minnesota 10000 Lakes Regional. They're in the Archimedes Division.

Houston High School's team, the Hurricanes, were also a rookie team at the competition. They qualified through the 2014 Minnesota North Star Regional. They're taking on teams in the Newton Division.

Each team has a robot they've built.  In the competition, the robots take a large ball and place it in a basket to score points during a timed match.

Besides teams from across the United States, there are teams from China, the UK, and the Netherlands.

FIRST stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

The championships are Saturday evening.

NASA is sponsoring a live stream of the competitions. You can watch the teams here.

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