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EWU Hosts FIRST Robotics

Published: March 30, 2017

CHENEY, Washington - Move over March Madness, the sporting event for the mind, FIRST Robotics, is making a return to Eastern Washington University April 6-8 at Reese Court in the Pavilion on the EWU Cheney campus.

The Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) District Championship will involve 64 teams with more than 2,000 high school students from around the Northwest.

This year's FRC game, called STEAMWORKS, involves two adventurer clubs - with robot alliances of three teams each - working to prepare for a long distance airship race. Each alliance must build steam pressure through the collection of fuel, start the rotors and deliver gears to pilots on their airship for installation. Eventually, they prepare for flight with robots latching onto their airship before the end of the match.

This fun animation explains this year's challenging game in detail.

There were nine regional events throughout the Pacific Northwest from which the high school teams had to compete in to qualify for the district championship at Eastern. The top teams at this event will move on to the international championship in Houston, Texas.

EWU last hosted the FRC district championship in 2015.

Erin McCallum - Washington FIRST Robotics, 206.619.1525 or
Dale Garraway - EWU, 509.359.6072 or


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