[caption id="attachment_120168" align="alignleft" width="150"] For the first time, there are more varsity robotics teams than there are boys' varsity hockey teams in Minnesota. (Photo by Argenis Apolinario, FIRST)[/caption]

An explosion in the popularity of high school robotics teams suddenly has made it chic to be geek: Robotics team members are getting varsity letters and patches, being paraded before school assemblies like other sports stars, and seeing trophies in the same lobby display cases as their football, basketball, or baseball counterparts.

"It's the new kid on the block," said Dawn Nichols, head of school...

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