Many hundreds of students, parents, coaches and teachers packed the stands at Sunday's statewide middle school robotics tournament, held at Shelton High School. (Photos by Brad Durrell)

Above, people in the stands attempt to catch a T-shirt shot into the crowd by a robot that was made by the Shelton High School robotics team, the Gaelhawks. Shelton High robotics team members served as judges and mentors during the tournament.

Fifty teams from across the state competed in the Connecticut FIRST Lego League State Robotics Championship on Sunday, Dec. 7.

Students from four Shelton teams were among the competitors — the Perry Hill Predators, Perry Hill Brainiacs, Shelton Intermediate Robotic Revolution, and Shelton Intermediate Dominators.

“The kids really get into it,” said Ken Craft, coach of the Robotic Revolution team at Shelton Intermediate School. “It involves researching and programming, and they really need to pull together.”