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Goldendale students do battle in Vex sack attack tournament in Yakima



SACK ATTACK: Goldendale students compete with their robot in the Vex tournament at East Valley High School, in Yakima. The robotics competition was sponsored by the Gear Up program. Pictured are (left to right) Michael Blomquist, Matthew Blomquist and Ricardo Valenzuela. Coaches for Goldendale were Matt Merfeld and Dennis Blomquist.

The following story was written by Ben Hansen, a student at Goldendale High School who participated in the event.

Nine students from Goldendale High School participated in a VEX competition at East Valley High School on Saturday, Nov. 10. We first started preparing for the competition by building a practice arena in our classroom. While half of our class was building the arena, the other half was brain storming on how to design our robot.

As a class, we came up with lots of ideas and all decided on making a robot that uses a conveyor belt to pick up the bean bags and then drop them into a trough. Unfortunately, part way into building the conveyor belt we realized that it would be too comp...

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