A group of Cleveland teens were overwhelmed with emotion as they beat out 20,000 other students to claim top prize at the FIRST Robotics World Championship.

Their Team 120, made up of students from the Cleveland School District–as well as Virginia, California, and Illinois–sent their robot into the competition featuring 634 teams from 42 countries around the world.

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The students stayed up late working every night, skipping parties, to make sure their machine was in prime condition for its events.

The organization, “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” (abbreviated FIRST), encourages students to look toward futures in science, math, and engineering fields. Its robotics competition is the oldest and largest of its kind in the world.

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“This is where we aspire, it’s where we learn to innovate and become the future,” Iris Harris, Team 120 member, told WOIO News. “This helps our future.”

Do you still think American kids can’t complete in science and math?

(WATCH the video below from WOIO News)

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