BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The FIRST Mid-Atlantic Robotics competition, being hosted by Bridgewater-Raritan High School, will be held April 2 and April 3.

Teams across the tri-state area will go head to head in competition this weekend.

The event is part of the FIRST Robotics Competition, in which students learn to be leaders in science and technology.

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Through a series of robotics competitions, FIRST encourages students to explore STEM, while exposing them to real life situations and building their knowledge.

To prepare, students are given six weeks to construct robots and perform tasks detailed in a game presented in January.

At the Bridgewater-Raritan event, students will show the fruits of their efforts and compete to advance to the MAR Regional Championship at Lehigh University.

The event attracts fans cheering for their favorite teams as robots battle it out with more than 2,000 people watching.

Outside of the competition itself, the Bridgewater-Raritan event will feature a number of activities for visitors, including tables for spirit wear that include hair spray, temporary tattoos, face paint and more, plus other games. Guests will have the chance to learn about FIRST, and its scholarship and volunteer work.

In addition, there will be tables run by event sponsors that allow visitors to try their products and learn about the services they provide.

Bridgewater-Raritan’s Team 303 will also be holding donation drives to collect canned foods and school supplies for the Food Bank Network of Somerset County and SHARE Africa.