Robotics: New trend in high school sports

More schools are starting robotics teams.
2:50 | 04/20/19

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Welcome back to "Gma." Forget about football and baseball. The newest high school sport may have your kids tinkering with technology. Maggie Rulli joins us from los Angeles with more. Maggie, good morning. Reporter: Good morning, whit. I wish they had this when I was in high school. These kids are treated like rock stars. Organizers say that's the whole point, to show these students that robotics is a sport where every kid can go pro. This is their super bowl. It's really intense and so exciting. Reporter: More than 15,000 student athletes from around the world are battling it out this weekend. The only difference is that in our sport every kid can turn pro. Reporter: This is first for inspiration and recognition of science and technology, a worldwide program that combines the high intensity world of sports with stem education, science, technology, engineering and math. There's 625-pound robots trying to score as many points as possible. Reporter: Each year teams of high school students dedicate weeks of their lives to designing, building and programming a robot made to compete in a specific challenge. This teaches you so many life skills. So far, states like Connecticut, Minnesota, new Jersey and Texas have declared robotics an extracurricular sport state-wide. Our vision would be that every school in the united States and every school around the world would have a robotics team. Josh Harmon is the starting left guard for his varsity football team but he says robotics will set him up for life. I can play a game of football and that's a lot of fun or join a first robotics team and impact people's lives forever. Reporter: Several large companies are investing in the sport, including Disney and Lucas films, the group behind "Star wars." I'm very excited to announce that Disney and Lucas films are teaming up with first as part of the "Star wars" force for change philanthropic initiative. A lot of girls are scared to go into a male-dominated field but I think it's something that any woman is capable of if they want to be it. Reporter: On top of those 15,000 student athletes, there are also 15,000 spectators cheering them on right now in Houston. All of that is only the first half. Another 30,000 attendees are expected in Detroit next weekend for the second half of the competition. Dan. Awesome. Maggie, thank you very much. You were and are a stem person. Yeah. Lots of math. Did you do robots? I didn't do robots, just math team and physics team which I -- whatever. Just the fun stuff. We like to sit there with our papers and scribble out formulas and answers. Love it. She's crazy, people.

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