Local students compete in 'First Robotics' Competition

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by Chris Nguyen & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 6, 2012 at 6:25 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 6 at 6:41 PM

CHENEY, Wash.-- Hundreds of high school students converged in Cheney for the 2012 spokane regional "First Robotics" Competition.

The competition took palce at Eastern Washington University, and this is the first time this particular competition has come to the Inland Northwest.

This year's theme is "rebound rumble" and teams had to create a basketball playing robot with a set of parts sent to them by the first robotics organization.
   
Mack Chilson and his team from Reardan High School are in town for a 3 day robotics competition. It is one of 55 regional events taking place across the country.
   
Chilson, said "We're still having numatic issues to shoot the ball up to score, so we're working to get the kinks out right now, we at least can move, that's a plus."

Christian Alexander from Rogers High School said,  "We had six weeks to build it from scratch, and so we had to bring in electrical, we had to bring in programming, and mechanical to build our robot."

Christian says the competition isn't just about building a robot, it involves problem solving and working together in teams. "We found out right before we were about to go, that our launcher motor didn't work, so we couldn't shoot any baskets, so we instantly came up with a defensive strategy, so we could balance on the bridge, since it still gets you points for cooperation."

The competition ends Saturday afternoon, and out of more than fifty teams competing, six will move on to the world championships in St. Louis later this month.
 

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