MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — Manchester Community College is hosting the New Hampshire-Vermont State Championship VEX Robotics Competition for high school and middle school students this weekend.

The top 80 teams from both states are competing.

The program teaches STEM skills to students, while training the next generation of engineers and high-tech leaders how to compete using creativity, science and a spirit of competition.

The VEX Competitions are approaching 20,000 teams in over 45 countries.