CORNING, N.Y. (WENY) -- A local high school robotics team is heading to the World Championship in Texas later this month.

Corning Painted Post's robotics team Tardis 5356 is made up of 14 students.  They are from  Corning Painted Post High School, Horseheads High School, and homeschool.  Tardis 5356 is one of three teams representing the Excelsior Region's 110 teams from New York State.  The team is competing against 224 teams total in Texas on April 16th.

"I'm so excited. I think about it pretty much all day, every day...and it's really a dream come true," said Nicole Miller, a sophomore at Corning Painted Post High School.

Tardis 5356 is ranked 131st in the world for robotics, and ranked 49th for the World Championship in Texas.  The team also won an Inspire award, recognizing them as a well-rounded and superior team in robot design, innovation, programming, and performance, as well as for STEM outreach to professionals and youth in the community.

"It's going to be a really cool experience. We have opponents from all over the world. I have friends in Romania and the Netherlands and all over the US that we're going to be competing against, and it's going to be cool to get to see them after having interacted with them, learned from them, and helped them for so many years," said Graham Simons, a senior from Corning Painted Post High School.

The students have been working all year towards this goal, programming, building, and competing.  For some, this is dream four years in the making.

"I felt strongly that we had prepared enough and we had done the right things to prepare that we could get ourselves there. That was our goal we set at the beginning of the year.  It was really nice to achieve that," said Michael McNaughton, a senior at Corning Painted Post High School.

The team is creating memories, and can agree the community aspect makes the whole experience.

"I'm so excited. I think it's a great opportunity and it's a great experience and it's really, really exciting.  I'm so thankful to all of our mentors and coaches and the community members that have given us so much support," added Miller.

Team Tardis 5356 has a GoFundMe to help get them to Texas.  The link can be found here.