TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – Indiana’s best and brightest competed in the robotics state championships.

Since the beginning of January students have worked with mentors at first robotics to design, build and program four-foot-tall robots from scratch.

April 16th 32 high school teams from all over Indiana competed in the championship round.

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Sports and Recreation Center hosted FIRST Indiana Robotics State Championships april 15th-16th.

The competition involved multiple phases like critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.

Indiana Robotics Vice President said Chris Osborne said the hope is that contestants leave with a valuable lesson.

“This program isn’t really about the robots that you see out here, its about our community,” Osborne said. “We are a mentor program and have been so pleased to see students return to workshops, to be able to learn incredible skills that will get them ready for the work force.”

8 teams from the Indiana competition qualified for the First Robotics World Championship in Houston, Texas.

World competition-qualifying teams include GalacTech (Columbus North-Columbus East high schools);The Digital Goats (Walker Career Center from Indianapolis’ Warren Township); RoboBlasters (Indianapolis’ University High School); Red Alert (Center Grove High School); Cryonics (family/community-based team); Cyber Blue (Perry Meridian High School): and Argyll Attack (Madison-Grant High School).