Long Island robotics students head to world championship

Some Long Island students and their robot are heading to a competition in Kentucky.

It's made of sensors, plastic, metal and motors and it's one of the reasons the Rockville Centre Middle School Spartan Robotics Team made it to the VEX World Championship in Kentucky. Part of this year's challenge was working as a team to drive hex balls in the goal to get the highest score possible.

It's all about STEM, science, technology, engineering and math. The students also demonstrate how hydroponics can help with urban agriculture. They built a light bot to help plants grow without sunlight. The water bot is a similar concept but simulates automated watering.

The competition starts Sunday and goes through Tuesday. It's not just about winning. It's about seeing what kids from other parts of the world come up with.

It's an opportunity to compete for scholarships, bragging rights and network with teams representing 50 different countries.