March 13, 2014 | Vol. 117 -- No. 47

Robots return to EWU to compete in aerial assist

Eastern Washington University will once again host a major FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC), March 14-15, at the Reese Court Pavilion on the Cheney campus.

With the new district competition model implemented by FIRST Washington, there are 10 different district events around the Pacific Northwest, with only one in Eastern Washington at EWU. More than 30 teams all from around Washington and Oregon will be competing at the event.

Each team will compete in at least two of the district events and accumulate points which determine who will qualify for the regional championship held in Portland, Ore.

FRC features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking, construction, teamwork and imagination. It combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology.

This year’s competition features high school students working to design, build and program customized robots weighing up to 120 pounds that will kick and throw large exercise balls on a basketball court-size field of competition.

Teams that advance to the regionals in Portland will compete for a chance to qualify for the world championship in St. Louis, Mo.

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