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OCSD to host robotics tournament


Thirty-five high school robotics teams from around the Pacific Northwest will gather at the former Oregon City High School Campus this weekend to compete in the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics tournament.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: GINGER REDLINGER - Oregon City's Team 2550, with students from Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences, Oregon City High School and Oregon City Service Learning Academy, prepares to test its robotic creation. Pictured from last years event are current team members Nathan Biggs and Jeremiah Sale, and previous members Andrew Bohlman and Nathan Fraizer.Teams will participate in district tournaments for the chance to participate in the Autodesk Regional Tournament at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum and some will then move on to the championship event in St. Louis this April.

The Clackamas Academy of Industrial Sciences (CAIS) in Oregon City, Wilsonville High School and Oregon State University were each chosen by Oregon FIRST to host one of the three district robotics tournaments around the state. Oregon City’s Team 2550 is comprised of students from CAIS, Oregon City High School and Oregon City Service Learning Academy. They hope to see a great turnout of Oregon City residents supporting TEAM 2550.

“The former high school campus is the perfect venue for any FIRST event, and it is the future home of CAIS,” said Principal Kyle Laier. “The competition is a must-see free event for the public. Students and mentors work hard to build a robot that performs well during competition. Along the way, they learn professionalism, engineering, design and how to work as a team.”

Admission to the event is free and a great opportunity for kids and adults to experience the excitement of FIRST Robotics. The FIRST Robotics Competition brings together young high school minds, cutting-edge technology and industry mentors. Each year FIRST introduces a new challenge at the January kickoff event. Robotics teams have six weeks to design, build and program a robot for the competition beginning at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 7, and at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 8, in the Jackson Gym, 1306 12th St., Oregon City.

For additional details, visit caisoc.com.