500 robots, 10,000 students head to Atlanta

Get a panoramic look at the FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition, where teams of high school engineering students vied for a chance at the national championship.

This week, more than 500 robots and 10,000 students from around the country who have participated in regional competitions will head to the Georgia Dome in Atlanta for the FIRST National Robotics Championship.

Below is a panoramic photo from the auditorium where the FIRST Robotics Sacramento Regional competition was held. On the left, you can see student teams preparing to play this year's game, called Lunacy, as they make modifications and repairs to their designs in the mechanics' pit. Across the gymnasium and to the right sits the game floor, where their robots will attempt to score points and outmaneuver the opposing teams.

Four regional finalists are visible in this panorama image taken March 27, 2009, at the UC Davis-Sacramento Regional Competition in Davis, Calif. Teams 115 from Monte Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif.; 1323 from Madera High School in Madera, Calif.; 1717 from Dos Pueblos High Engineering Academy in Goleta, Calif.; and 668 from Pioneer High School in San Jose, Calif., are all there in the robotics pit where teams make final adjustments to their bots and prepare for their matches. Can you find them?

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James Martin is the staff photographer at CNET News, covering the geeks and gadgets of Silicon Valley. When he's not live-blogging the latest product launches from Apple, Google, or Facebook, James can be found exploring NASA, probing robotics labs, and getting behind-the-scenes with some of the Bay Area's most innovative thinkers.


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