Robots take over the Pacific Science Center in first ever Special Olympics competition

SEATTLE -- It was the battle of the bots Saturday morning at the Pacific Science Center.

Over 32 high school teams squared-off in the first ever Special Olympics Washington Unified Robotics Championship.

Athletes and partners worked one-on-one to build and program the Lego Mindstorm robots.

The winning robot pushes the other robot out of the circle.

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Besides being a way to include special athletes in friendly competition, it also gets students involved in the sciences.

“Robotics are awesome!” exclaimed competitor Sam Hansen.

“If you’re interested in robotics, definitely go for it,” Einar Pedersen.

This is the first time a robotics competition has been a part of any Special Olympics competition.

Organizers hope it can become part of the Special Olympics USA Games in 2018, which will be here in Seattle.