High School students compete in Wash. robotic competition

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by JENICA VILLAMOR & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 14, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 14 at 7:41 PM

CHENEY, Wash. -- More than 700 high school students from across Washington and Oregon are competing at Eastern Washington University Friday and Saturday in Washington's robotics competition.

This year’s challenge is called Aerial Assist. The challenge is played by two competing alliances of three robots on a 25’ x 54’ field, straddled by a truss suspended just over five feet above the floor. Alliances try to score as many balls in goals as possible during a two minute and 30 second match. The more alliances score their ball in their goals and the more they work together to do it, the more points their alliance receives.

Washington First Robotics is an extracurricular activity designed to get students excited about education. They had 6 weeks to build and program their robots.

“Tries to combine the excitement of a sport with something that kids get excited about science and engineering,” said Event Coordinator, Adriane Rime.

Opening ceremonies for the event started Friday at EWU’s Reese Court at the Pavilion. Winning teams will advance to the Pacific Northwest Championship at Portland Oregon’s Memorial Coliseum on April 10.

Students involved in the competition are eligible for 900 individual scholarship opportunities with a total value of over $19M.

 

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