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The Combustible Lemons

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It's geting down to crunch time for some student engineers at Davenport West High School. Next month, fifteen West High students will compete in the Super Bowl of Robotics. It's a World Championship competition featuring some of the best and brightest high school students from the United States and abroad.

The Combustible Lemons is the name of the team from West. They design, build, and program robots. These days, they are testing and re-testing, making sure every aspect of the robot is working to the best of its ability.

Jason Franzenburg is the coach. He says the students make many of the parts for the robots. The competitions provide students with an opportunity to apply math and science concepts, develop problem solving skills and work as a team.

Student Justin Wheeler says the most important element at world competition is the ability to work under pressure. He says the team from West is very good at that.

In Saint Louis, the robots will have to pass an inspection, perform a series of moves in a certain amount of time, and students will also make presentations to the judges.

The Combustible Lemons won the state title in February and hope that momentum will carry over into the World Championship. The World Championship is April 24th-27th in Saint Louis. There will be students from the United States and overseas taking part in the competition.