African-American students participating in the event include eighth graders Morgan Ard, Titus Walker and Robert Knight III of Monroeville Junior High School in Mobile, Alabama. The team won high honors at the South BEST robotics competition, where they mimicked industry production by designing and developing a product and delivering it to market through a corporate presentation, engineering notebook and trade show-style exhibit booth and robot competition. 

Lucas Cain Beal, Jayla Mae Dogan and Ashley Cassie Thomas of Paul Robeson-Malcolm X Academy in Detroit, Michigan, will also be in attendance. The Detroit team, all aged 13, won the Excellence in Engineering Award at the 2012 Michigan regional competition focused on designing a city around the theme of "Fuel Your Future: Imagine New Ways to Meet Our Energy Needs and Maintain a Healthy Planet."  

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