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Robots Return

Published: February 10, 2014

CHENEY, Wash. - 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. The event, which kicks off with opening ceremonies at 11 a.m. Friday,  is free to the public.

With the new district competition model that has been implemented by FIRST Washington, there are 10 different district events around the Pacific Northwest, with only one in Eastern Washington at EWU. This means there will be more than 30 teams and 700 students (ages 14-18) competing in Cheney, all from around Washington and Oregon. 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, AERIAL ASSIST, features high school teams working in Alliances to get their customized robots to kick and throw large exercise balls into goals on a basketball court-size field of competition.

Students involved in FIRST are eligible for 900 individual scholarship opportunities with a total value of more than $19M statewide. At EWU 15 academic scholarships are awarded annually to feshmen and sophomore students who have previously participated in FIRST competitions. Each award is for $2,000.

You can view the full weekend schedule and learn more about the FRC, Aerial Assist and volunteer opportunities by visiting www.ewu.edu/frc.

Teams which 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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