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WG students to compete in robotics competition

Special to the Sky-Hi News

West Grand High School will be competing in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotic Competition in Denver, thanks to several community sponsors.

The FIRST Robotics Competition is a multinational competition that allows teams, professionals and young people to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. This competition challenges teams of young people and their mentors to solve a common problem in a six-week time frame using a standard “kit of parts” and a common set of rules.

Teams put together a robot from the kit of parts they are given and compete in that year’s game. At the end of the six-week build season the robot is locked up in a bag so that work cannot continue work until the competition.

During the six-week build season students work with mentors and engineers to work through the design process to come up with a robot design and game strategy. It becomes a very intensive process with students and mentors putting in many hours outside of the classroom to achieve their goals.

This year the West Grand team’s task is to assemble the FIRST logo on a 7 1/2-foot tall rack along with building a minibot, which must be deployed to climb a pole. Teams compete in two-minute rounds scoring as many points as possible. Teams are rewarded for excellence in design, demonstrated team spirit, gracious professionalism and maturity, as well as the ability to overcome obstacles. Scoring the most points is a secondary goal.

The team has many sponsors that helped it achieve the goal, with donations of more than $5,000 in sponsorship money. The team would like to thank sponsors: Climax Molybdenum Free-Port McMoran $2,500, and Everist Materials $1,000, West Grand Educational Foundation $750, Mountain Parks Electric $500, Blue Valley Ranch $500, and $100 or less sponsors include Grand Mountain Bank, EZ Insurance, and Country Cupboard Cafe.

A special thanks to the engineers and mentors who donated time: Dave Brence, Brydie Cummins, and Brett Cummins. We couldn’t have done it without them, and we again give them so many thanks.

Come support the West Grand Robotics team April 7-9, in the Colorado Regional Ritchie Center Magness Arena, 2201 East Asbury Avenue, Denver.

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