Brownell Talbot shoots for the stars in robotic showdown

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- Brownell Talbot students are on the road to Kentucky for the VEX Robotics World Championships. It's their fifth year in a row going to the competition.

The students have been working since September to build, tweak and perfect their robots in order to compete at worlds this week. They won regionals, made it through nationals and are now onto worlds.

We caught up with the 34 sleepy but excited students at 2 a.m. Wednesday as they started to board the bus. Six teams are making the trip -- the largest in Brownell Talbot's history.

We're told it took a lot of work to get here.

Bill Harrell said that work involved, “building their robots defining, refining, making adjustments through competition, rebuilding robots.”

Janki Patel said, “We've been looking forward to this since the beginning of the year hoping to get to worlds and here we are.”

There are three middle school and three upper school teams competing meaning there's a lot of potential for future teams.

The students we spoke with are in the Starstruck Competition in which their robot has to throw "stars and beams" over a fence to clear their side of the arena.