These are not the droids you are looking for


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Your day job is safe - unless you collect balls tossed into a miniature hockey rink for a living.

Those curious about robot sports and the engineering prospects of area high schoolers may want to catch the competition at the Alario Center this weekend. NASA staff from the John C. Stennis Space Center in Bay St. Louis provide mentors, coaches and referees to teams from 36 schools in Louisiana and Mississippi. Local competitors include New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School, Lusher Charter School, McMain Secondary High School, Sarah T. Reed High School, John Ehret High School in Marrero, Mandeville High School and St. Paul's High School in Covington.

This year's competition is more like a soccer game involving teamwork. We're not sure if the robots have become self-aware and learned how to take a dive yet, but keep a sharp eye on them. The finals of the Bayou Regional are Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

Watch highlights from last year's regional set to Metallica's "Enter Sandmand" after the jump. Or highlights set to Cascada's "Every Time We Touch." Your call.



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