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Goldendale robotics class earns trip to St. Louis


Andrew Christiansen

WOLFTECH: The Goldendale High School robotics class is shown with their robot. Pictured from left are Will White, Ben Hansen, Madi Wallis, Ricardo Valenzuela, Michael Blomquist, Weston Minniear, instructor Matt Merfeld, Matthew Blomquist, Scott Sherrett and Ben Wooden. Others not pictured are Miller White, Mitch Anderson, Noah Winters and Dillon Shattuck. The robot was sealed in plastic to prevent teams from making modifications between the regional and national events. The robot was to be shipped to St. Louis this week.

They may not have had the most successful robot in the competition, but “gracious professionalism in the pits” earned Goldendale’s Wolf-Tech robotics team a trip to St. Louis for the national competition.

This was Goldendale’s first year competing in the First Robotics Competition, an event that pits schools from around the country in a robotics educational event that is about half mechanical design/construction and half robotics programming using a program called Labview. The challenge this year was to build a robot that could toss Frisbee-like discs into target goals and ascend a pyramid. Each team began with a robot made from identical kits which were then modified and programm...

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