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Robotics program kick-off


"Gaylene Conder, Jordan Leonard and Rob Murray."

By Alice Wadley Staff writer

A new program has arrived in Emery County, robotics.
Rob Murray is an aeronautical engineer and will be heading up the program.
The competitive robotic program is part of the FIRST program. The Emery County 4-H program is partnering with the FIRST program. FIRST is for boys and girls, grades 7-12. Home school students are welcome also.
Students of the FIRST robotics program will be able to design, build and program robots. Apply real-world math and science concepts. Develop problem-solving, organizational, and team-building skills. Compete and cooperate in alliances at tournaments. Earn a place in the world championship. Qualify for over $11 million in college scholarships.
Last year 27 teams participated in the Utah competition. This year 35 Utah teams are expected to participate.
The competition will be held on Feb. 20 at Weber State University.
This is a friendly robotics competition. The motto of the FIRST program is “gracious professionalism.” It’s a way of doing things that encourages high-quality work, emphasizes the value of others, and respects individuals and the community.
The competition takes place in a 12×12 foot arena. Teams will have to complete tasks inside the arena. The more difficult the task the higher points awarded.
You can view the competition format by going to usfirst.org, programs-First tech challenge grades 7-12, press tools. In the press tools page you can view the informational video about the competition.
The meetings will be held after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 165 East 300 North in Castle Dale.
It is desirable to have a C average or better to participate, but it will not preclude you from participating.
You will also need to attend at least 60 percent of the biweekly meetings.

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