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April 12, 2017 Sequim Robotics team set for world championships by Matthew Nash,/Sequim Gazette 

Sequim High School’s Robotics Team is taking on the world.

After seven years competing, Sequim sends nine students for the first time to the FIRST Robotics World Championship on April 19-22, in Houston, Texas.

Faculty adviser Brad Moore said Sequim is one of 48 teams from their district to compete against teams from as far away as Australia and Europe.

“It’s a huge opportunity for the kids,” Moore said. “They built a solid robot. It’s one of the best we’ve ever had.”

The team received the opportunity to compete after being selected from a wait list after its last competition. Moore wanted the team to place high enough to qualify outright for the championships but feels this year’s team is deserving.

“We competed really well at both of our events,” he said. “I think they’ll do well and they’re going to show they deserve to be there.”

Students could spend up to $4,000 for the robot that must perform a variety of tasks within a certain time restriction, such as fitting it into two different volumes at all times.

For more information on the competition, visit www.firstchampionship.org.

SHS Robotics Team  Sequim High School’s Robotics Club includes (front, from left) Nick Charter, Josh King, Brenton Barnes, Riley Scott, Baylee Rux, Charlie Conroy, Xavier Conway, Max Koonz, (back, from left) Riley Chase, Brad Moore (teacher and head mentor), Jerry Bileck (mentor), Pat Volk (mentor), and Stuart Marcy (teacher and mentor).  The group is preparing to travel to compete in the First Robotics World Championship in Houston TX April 18 – 23.  Eight hundred teams from around the world will be participating. Not pictured:  Liam Byrne and mentors Martin Cahoun, Gary Henrikson, Mike Becker, and Brad Griffith (photos by Patsene Dashiell)

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