Photos: 'The Olympics of Robotics' shows kids across globe embrace future of robots

The "field" where the robotics match takes place

At VEX Worlds 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky, 15,000 students have arrived from around the world, overcoming technical and language barriers, for the world's largest robotics tournament.

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By Hope Reese

Hope Reese is a writer based in Louisville, Kentucky, currently living in Budapest. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, Vox, Vice and other publications.