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Diné brothers to compete in international robotics competition

Diné brothers to compete in international robotics competition
Upgraded Stinky (left) was used in the movie "Spare Parts" and on the right is the original robot made in 2004. Both robots were created and rebuilt by the Dayea brothers, Dillon and Dalton. (Courtesy Photo)

Upgraded Stinky (left) was used in the movie “Spare Parts” and on the right is the original robot made in 2004. Both robots were created and rebuilt by the Dayea brothers, Dillon and Dalton. (Courtesy Photo)

By Shine Salt
Special to the Times

PHOENIX

Both robots were showcased during the movie premiere in Phoenix, that the Dayea brothers helped build. (Courtesy Photo)

Both robots were showcased during the movie premiere in Phoenix, that the Dayea brothers helped build. (Courtesy Photo)

When one thinks of robots, images of movies like “Terminator” or “Wall-E” might come to mind, or possibly thoughts of robots fighting. But for two brothers, robots invoke mental competition.

“I was always a computer science person and I always wanted to go into that kind of field,” said Dillon Dayea, a student at Arizona State University. “Once I entered high school I actually met a friend who was talking about the robotics club he was in. He convinced me to check it out and I liked it. ”

After traveling with their parents and watching his older brother compete with the team, 17-year-old Dalton decided to join the club too at Carl Hayden High School.

Being in the club had opened doors for the brothers. They were chosen to help model and rebuild an underwater robot named Stinky for the new movie “Spare Parts” starring George Lopez.


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