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This team from Colombia was one of the international teams that took part in the the FIRST LEGO League Mountain State Invitational Robotics Tournament this weekend at Fairmont State University. Lena Alayoa, one of the adult chaperones for the group, sits on the far left with the students at their tent.

FAIRMONT — For some students from Colombia, it was Fairmont or bust.

They traveled 18 hours all the way from the Neil Armstrong School in Villavicencio, Colombia to take part in the FIRST LEGO League Mountain State Invitational Robotics Tournament this weekend. Their team, NRG, was of one of several international teams taking part in the competition.

Lena Alayoa, one of the adult chaperones for the group, said they hadn't had much time for sightseeing, but they liked Fairmont.

"It's a small town, pretty nice," Alayoa said.

She said Fairmont State University was "amazing," and thought it was good to have all the students teams from North, Central and South America come to the campus to take part in the event. Her daughter, Yulianna, 13, was part of the team.

"It's a good experience because we make friends, and we learn everything," Lena said.

Another team member, Sofia Guevara, said the tournament taught them responsibility, discipline and cooperation with the other teams.

Their coach, Norton Perez, said, "it's been a great experience. We enjoyed it a lot."

On Saturday, the team had done some practice runs with their robot, which they called M & M. Perez said they planned on making some adjustments for the competition as a result of the practice runs.

Perez also said the team planned on going out to a local restaurant to try some American food.

Eric Hrin can be reached at (304) 367-2549.

Eric Hrin can be reached at 304-367-2549, or ehrin@timeswv.com.