S. Eugene Robotics Team places 2nd in Pacific Northwest comp.

S. Eugene Robotics Team places 2nd in Pacific Northwest comp. »Play Video
The South Eugene Robotics Team hard at work working on "Byter".

EUGENE, Ore. -- After facing some worthy opponents at the riveting Pacific Northwest's Robotics Competition in Wilsonville, the South Eugene Robotics Team took home a second-place trophy and secured a spot in the 2014 First Robotics Competition at Oregon State University.

"Competitions are where things start to heat up and you meet tons of people just like you,” said Andrew Ayers, one of the SERT members.

Team mentor Joe Bussell said each year the students are given 6 weeks to build the best robot for a given task.

“This year they have huge yoga balls that we have to battle to make it into goals,” said Bussell.

South Eugene students designed Byter to wrangle the giant exercise balls through the given course. The team worked about 70 hours per week together to finish the project.

"It produces a unique way for kids to explore and develop technology on a higher level,” said Bussell.

The First Robotics Competition takes place April 4 and 5 at Oregon State University's