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Published November 02, 2013, 09:34 PM

Davies High School participates in their first BEST contest at Benson-Bunker Fieldhouse

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People were whooping and hollering at NDSU this afternoon.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - People were whooping and hollering at NDSU this afternoon.

Not for Saturday football, but for a robot competition.

The university held its 7th annual 'BEST' contest in the Benson-Bunker Fieldhouse.

Being a part of a team is never easy.

Brett Butler/Davies High School Junior: "it's a struggle."

Sometimes, the hardest part is the fear of failing.

Butler: "It's kind of stressful as you see things and you know, you drop over and see how it's going to turn out."

But unlike the hundreds of kids here, for this Davies High School Jr. the points don't matter as much.

Butler: "I think we won just because we got here."

And that's because for the past three years Brett Butler's team has struggled to put together a working machine.

Butler: "You try to get as much done in the time that's allowed."

One good enough to bring it here,

On the sidelines, you can spot another first-time fan.

Brett's mom might just be more excited than her own son.

Eva Butler/Brett’s Mother: "it's awesome, I had no idea it was going to be this exciting. And the robotics that are here are incredible machines that these guys and these kids have built."

You might have noticed a lot of these robots look alike and that's because this year’s competition is called the GateKeeper.

The challenge is to build a computer.

Butler: "it has to fit in a two foot box and it has to use the parts that they give you."

And the Davies team is working with what they've got.

A group which thinks less about the single parts

Butler: "I mean we're not really worried about the points because as the years go on we'll be able to build on our past ideas."

And more about the final product.