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Tri-Cities Team Earns Champion’s Award


LEGO Tournament Draws 18 Teams

WWU graduate Lance Irvine coaches the Plastique Bots team.

The Plastique Bots of Pasco, Wash., took home the Champion’s Award at Sunday’s 2014 FIRST LEGO League Regional Robotics Challenge. Team members include Luke Irvine, Andrew Irvine, Isaac Baik, Joe Thompson, Christian Lebold, and coaches Lance Irvine and Rosa Mitchell.

The event, sponsored by the Edward F. Cross School of Engineering, brought together 18 teams from across the Northwest for the annual competition.

This year’s theme, “Nature’s Fury,” challenged teams to focus on natural disasters, and create a LEGO robot and game to respond to a natural disaster simulation.

The following team also won awards:

    Core Values Award: ChesseBytes (Tillamook Adventist School)
    Robot Design Award: Lavabots (Lupine Springs Academy)
    Project Award: MEE TechnoBears (Mt. Ellis Elementary School)
    Robot Performance Award: Phantom Brickkeepers (Trestle Homeschool)

“Congratulations to all the teams who participated,” says Doug Logan, dean of the School of Engineering. “It was exciting to see the creativity and skills the teams invested in their projects.”

The WWU event was held during National Robotics Week, April 5-13, which is organized to celebrate the U.S. as a leader in robotic technology development, educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, and inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields. 

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