Utica, NY (WIBX) - Three high school level robotics teams are traveling to Pace University later this month to take part in a regional tournament.

The award-winning RoboSpartans #4082, the Sonic Superheroes #6347 and the Raiders #6202 will compete on January 27th in the Hudson Valley FIRST Tech Challenge Championship.

Each team is representing CNY FIRST and the Central New York FTC Team Consortium, which provides students and teams with an opportunity to enter into FIRST competition, as well as work together.

If the teams perform well in the Hudson Valley event, they will qualify for the World Championship in Saint Louis, scheduled for April 24-27.

Students participating on the three teams represent a wide variety of local middle and high schools, including Sauquoit, New Hartford and Utica's Proctor High.