North Charleston will be the site of a South Carolina high school robotics competition, officials announced Wednesday.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is an annual design contest that brings professionals and young people together in teams to solve an engineering design problem in a competitive way. The event will be held in March at the North Charleston Convention Center.

Six weeks prior to the competition, the rules for the new season are presented and posted online. Each team of students and professionals has just six weeks to study the rules, brainstorm, design, fabricate, assemble, test, debug and ship their robot.

The gathering is expected to attract up to 1,000 local and regional high school students who vie for top honors. It is organized by FIRST, or For Inspiration of Science and Technology.

A news conference will be held today at 10 a.m. in City Hall, where Palmetto Partners, Mayor Keith Summey and Intertech Group President Jonathan Zucker will announce the seventh annual FIRST Robotics Competition Palmetto Regional.

More than 35,000 high school students participate on more than 1,600 teams in regional events in the United States, Canada, Brazil, Israel, Mexico, the Netherlands and England. Participants also qualify for more than $12 million in scholarships.