CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- It was a battle of the bots at the Corning-Painted Post High School Gym on Sunday, where multiple teams put their innovative minds to the test. Each competing bot was created by 7th through 12th grade students, with the objective of scoring more points by moving and placing plastic squares and spheres.

The robotics competition featured schools from as far away as Syracuse and Buffalo, competing against some of our own local talent for a shot at heading to the regional championships in Utica.

During the tournament, Event Director Christy Pambianchi told me, "The whole idea is that we are trying to teach kids to problem solve together. They have to build, they have to code, they are using sensors, they're troubleshooting, and it's a very lifetime simulated situation. They have to real-time solve problems, work together, and our goal is to really get these kids excited about science and technology."

The competition is still ongoing as of the writing of this story. Any local schools that will be representing the Twin Tiers at the SUNY Polytechnic hosted regional championships will be posted here by tomorrow morning!