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Machines on a mission

Memorial Coliseum transforms into robot battle arena


by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Iman Wahle and Rushdi Abualhaija drive the Catlin Gabel 'Flaming Chickens' robot during the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.
Robots under the control of engineering students invaded the Rose Quarter Saturday to promote science, technology, engineering and math education in Oregon and Washington.

Following Friday’s opening ceremony at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland, teams of local and regional high school students dressed in costumes as they battled it out against one another Saturday with their built-from-scratch, life-sized robots in the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jorge Reyes of the Tualatin Robotics Team drives their robot during the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.

Teams were challenged to engineer robots to play a game similar to a cross between basketball and hockey, maneuvering huge balls to score points. Fans packed the stadium seating to cheer on their teams. 

The FIRST Robotics program brings science to life. It combines the excitement of competition with the rigors of science and technology.

Under strict rules, limited resources and time limits, teams of 25 students or more are challenged to raise funds, design a team “brand,” hone teamwork skills, and build and program robots to perform prescribed tasks against a field of competitors under the guidance of a volunteer professional mentor.

by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The cheering section for Team Pronto out of Shoreline, Wash., screams for its robot at the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship at Memorial Coliseum.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Rainier Feiler of the Issaquah Robotics Society from Washington hugs a teammate after his team's alliance won the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship on Saturday.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Jorge Reyes, Brian Hillenbrand and Jason Stallkamp of the Tualatin Robotics Team operate their robot during the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Catlin Gabel's Eve Maquelin watches with nervous excitement as her team competes during the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship on Friday.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Catlin Gabel's Evan Champman makes some repairs and adjustments in between matches at the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship on Friday.by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Members of the winning Lion Robotics Team from Auburn, Wash., dance at the conclusion of the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Costumes are a common sight during competition at the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Karen Harper of the West Linn/Wilsonville team, Error Code Xero, gives direction to her drivers during the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.
by: TIMES PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Robots battle to score points using huge balls at the Pacific Northwest FIRST Robotics District Championship.



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