For many area students, designing, building and programming robots has become a norm.
During the winter and spring, members of SuperNOVA 4472 — a robotics club — spend hours at Woodbridge High School preparing for upcoming competitions.
Their work was challenged at a recent competition.
Despite some setbacks, SuperNOVA 4472 won the event, which was held at Battlefield High School in Haymarket last weekend.
Established in 2013, the robotics club is made up of more than 30 students from four high schools — Colgan High School in Manassas, Forest Park High School in Woodbridge, Patriot High School in Nokesville, and Woodbridge High School.
The program is run almost entirely by students with a little help from their mentors.
Members have a chance to develop critical engineering, programming, and leadership skills, according to its website.
SuperNOVA 4472 has been finalists and champions at competitions in Maryland and Virginia, and has competed in the World Championships in Detroit.
Its next competition will be in Edgewater, MD between March 20 and March 22.
Staff Writer Matthew Martino contributed to this article.