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Robotics State Championship is Saturday at Nicholson Pavilion

The Student Union and Recreation Center at Central Washington University is filled with teams of young people competing in a robotics competition in 2013.The energy of more than 500 students from throughout Washington State and British Columbia will fill Nicholson Pavilion at Central Washington University on Saturday, February 22, for a state robotics championship.

Fifty-five teams made up of students ages 9-14, along with their volunteer adult mentors, will gather at CWU to share their knowledge and curiosity of robots during the FIRST Lego League State Championships. Washington FIRST Robotics is an organization dedicated to helping young people pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. FIRST is an acronym for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.

During Saturday’s competition, teams will solve real-world problems for this year’s challenge: “Nature’s Fury: Prepare, Be Safe, Rebuild.” The teams will use Lego Mindstorms technology and be judged on the performance of their robots and the presentation of research and recommendations for communities affected by natural disasters.

The public is invited to the robot games portion of the free event from 11:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Saturday in Nicholson Pavilion on the corner of North Walnut Street and East Dean Nicholson Boulevard in Ellensburg. Students, parents, teachers and business owners from the region are encouraged to attend. Parking at CWU is free on weekends.

Washington FIRST Robotics is affiliated with USFIRST, an organization that sponsors national robotics competitions. Washington FIRST uses a fun approach to promote science, math and technology while building self-confidence, knowledge, and life skills in more than 12,000 children in the Pacific Northwest.

Photo: The Student Union and Recreation Center at Central Washington University is filled with teams of young people competing in a FIRST Lego League robotics competition in 2013.

February 21, 2014