KOKOMO - High school robotics teams from throughout the state will participate in the Indiana State Championship High School Robotics Competition, which kicks off Friday in Kokomo. The best-performing teams will advance to the World Championship, which will take place later this month in Detroit, Michigan.

The event will feature industrial-size robots built and programmed by the teams competing in a difficult field game against other teams, according to the FIRST Robotics Competition website. In addition to the games, the teams will also be judged for awards, which will count toward the teams' standings and their ability to quality for the World Championship.

IndianaFIRST Inc. says the suPURDUEper Robotics team from Purdue Polytechnic High School in Indianapolis is currently at the top of the rankings, followed by the TechHOUNDS from Carmel High School and Cyber Blue from Perry Meridian High School in Indy. 

The team standings at the end of the State Championship will determine which teams qualify for the World Championship. The standings heading into this weekend's event are as follows, listed by team name, school, and city.

  1. suPURDUEper Robotics - Purdue Polytechnic, Indianapolis
  2. TechHOUNDS - Carmel High School, Carmel
  3. Cyber Blue - Perry Meridian High School, Indianapolis
  4. Harrison Boiler Robotics - Harrison High School, West Lafayette
  5. Digital Goats - Warren/Walker Career Center, Indianapolis
  6. CyberTooth - Northwestern Sr High School, Kokomo
  7. The Quadrangles - Bloomington High School South, Bloomington
  8. Maverick Boiler Robotics - McCutcheon High School, Lafayette
  9. Team THRUST - Huntington County 4-H Robotics, Huntington
  10. PhyXTGears - Home School Group, Muncie
  11. Westside Boiler Invasion - West Layfayette Junior/Senior High School, West Lafayette
  12. Penn Robotics - Penn High School, Mishawaka
  13. Purple Precision - Brownsburg High School, Brownsburg
  14. Career Academy Robotics - Career Academy South Bend, South Bend
  15. Roborioles - Avon High School, Avon
  16. GalacTech - Cummins Foundation, Columbus
  17. Team Hammond - Hammond High School, Hammond, Indiana
  18. Northridge High School - Northridge High School, Middlebury
  19. Kil-A-Bytes - McKenzie Center for Innovation and Technology, Indianapolis
  20. Castle High School Robotics - Warrick County School Corp., Newburgh
  21. Red Alert - Center Grove High School, Greenwood
  22. Las Pumas - New Prairie United School Corp., New Carlisle
  23. ElkLogics - Elkhart Central High School & Elkhart Memorial High School, Elkhart
  24. The Last Crusaders - Knightstown High School, Knightstown
  25. University High School of Indiana Robotics Team - University High School of Indiana, Carmel
  26. North High School - Evansville North High School, Evansville
  27. Precision Guessworks - Lafayette Jefferson High School, Lafayette
  28. Tiger Dynasty - Fishers High School, Fishers
  29. Sham ROCK Botics - Westfield-Washington Schools, Westfield
  30. Area 5188: Classified Robotics - West Vigo High School, Terre Haute
  31. Thundercats - Greater Jasper Consolidated Schools, Jasper
  32. Pike RoboDevils - Pike High School, Indianapolis