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Hughes backing robotics competition

Hughes Network Systems Inc., of Germantown, a provider of broadband satellite services, said it will sponsor the DC Regional competition and participate in judging the Chesapeake Regional competition of the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition for high school students.

The FIRST competition brings together teams of students to design and build a complete robotics package. Teams are judged for robot design, creativity, innovation, performance and teamwork throughout the development process as well as the competition phases.

The DC competition will be held March 28-30 at the Washington Convention Center, followed by the Chesapeake competition April 11-13 at the Baltimore Convention Center.