House of Science's robotics team is returning from the world champs proud after making it to the top spots.
The 2016 VEX World Robotics Competition held in the United States in the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville and New Zealand was one of 37 countries taking part.
The competition was divided into five divisions - science, technology, engineering, arts and maths.
After day one, the team - comprised of Dean Strydom, Sam Gillies-Smith, Callum McLeod and Kate Low - finished second in their division.
The team won their first qualifying match and then went on to take the top spot in their next two qualifying matches for the day. Despite their bright start, the team did not get the trophy.
House of Science director Chris Duggan said she was extremely impressed with how the team performed at Worlds and put their success down to the team's hard work and dedication.
"We're really proud of the House of Science robotics team and their efforts at the World Champs,'' she said.
''The students all behaved impeccably throughout the challenges and experience gained will be a great asset in future years."
This is the second year that the House of Science team has been a fixture at the world competition, and Ms Duggan said having team members with that experience on their side certainly helped the team feel confident heading into the competition.
The team will be heading home to New Zealand this week, just in time to return to school when holidays end on May 2.
House of Science was established in 2013, to provide resources, educational opportunities and connect the local community through the power of science. It is supported through a generous partnership with Wright Family Foundation, who is committed to New Zealand education in all its forms and generously contributes to furthering the positive reach of the organisation.
House of Science would also like to thank Page Macrae Engineering, the Lion Foundation, Pub Charity, Higgins Contracting and Skinspots Skin Cancer Clinic for helping the team get to the USA.