Members of Carlsbad High School Buffalo Wings robotics team. Photo via carlsbaded.z2systems.com

Carlsbad High School’s robotics team has been invited to the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology Tech Challenge Championship in Houston, Texas, the Carlsbad Educational Foundation announced Thursday.

Carlsbad High’s Team Buffalo Wings is one of only 12 teams to be invited to the competition from a pool of more than 7,000 teams around the world.

The 10-member team was selected via lottery and must now raise an estimated $18,000 to afford travel costs for the four-day event, which begins April 17.

“This is a dream come true,” said Carlsbad High sophomore and team member Aiko Lozar. “For spring break week, many of our members have put in over 10 hours per day.”

The team is split into three subgroups focusing on robotic hardware, software and business. Team members range in robotics experience from first- timers to seven-year veterans, according to the CEF. In addition to creating and tuning their robot, the students must also rewrite a 250-page engineering notebook as part of the competition.

The FIRST Tech Challenge Championship is scheduled to run April 17-20. Residents can support the team and its effort to attend the competition by donating at carlsbaded.org/donate.

— City News Service

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