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THS Robotics Teams Advance to State
Congratulations to two Thurston High robotics
teams - Phalanx and Player 1 - for qualifying for FIRST Tech Challenge's State
Tournament, which will take place on Feb. 27-28 at Benson Polytechnic
High School in Portland. Fourty-four of the state's 195 participating
teams have advanced through the FIRST Tech qualifying rounds.
On the left is the Phalanx team: (l to r) Taylor Bloomquist, Parker Rook, Kolden Stauber, Jabon Hagel and Zack Walker.
On the right is Player 1: (l to r) Spencer Hansen, Justin Garrison, Max Wines, Elijah Carstens, Hunter Scott. Missing: Garett Poncho, Josiah Terrell.
Thurston High School fielded four separate teams this year, mentored by Polly Kohl and Norman Eigner. To learn more about robotics at Thurston, visit the THS Website.
About the competition: The FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) is one of four different national programs organized by a New Hampshire-based nonprofit called FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science & Technology). FTC is a robotics program for students in grades 7 through 12. In Oregon, FIRST works hand-in-hand with the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program (ORTEC) to organize Oregon's network of competitions.
FTC teams work with their adult mentors to design and build a robot using a kit of parts, within a common set of rules, that will perform a set of skills during a sophisticated field game. Teams meet regularly through the competition season (September through April) to:
Each year, teams receive a new challenge for the robots. (Click here to watch the kick-off video and description for this year's challenge.) The program encourages students with any level of skills to participate. Team members can also apply for college scholarship funds reserved for FIRST team members only.