100 students from China compete in Robofest on St. Pete Beach

- A special week is underway for some Palm Harbor middle school kids, who are hosting their peers from halfway around the world.   

Nearly 100 kids traveled from China to compete against Westlake Christian School and others in this weekend's Robofest competition on St. Pete Beach.

"They build their own autonomous robot. That means it's not remote-controlled," Westlake robotics teacher Paul Weaver said Wednesday.

Westlake offers two different courses in robotics and routinely competes at Robofest. Turns out, the students are better at communicating than one would think. Westlake also enrolls kids in Mandarin, another tool to set them apart upon graduation.

"While not every student wants to pursue robotics, every student would benefit from being able to program a computer, think like a computer thinks, and understand technology," Weaver said.

Robofest is scheduled to take place on St. Pete Beach June 1-3. 

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