A local high school robotics team is getting ready for a big competition.

The West Torrance Robotics team recently took first place at the “First Tech Challenge” inter-league tournament qualifying them for the Los Angeles Regionals, which will be held in Monrovia next week.

Students Andrew Chon, Joseph Yanez and Andrew Lu maneuvered their robot through five qualification matches, plus a semi-final and final match.

West Torrance Robotics was founded in 2009. The team, which started with less than 10 members, now has nearly 50 students participating.

The program known as FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire youth to participate in science and technology activities.