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4-H Robotics club at Camas SWIRL Tourney


Ruthie Blalock showing another competitor how her robot works, Audrey Morton and Montana Stephens in the background. Photo by Joe Blalock.

Last Thursday your Wahkiakum 4H Robotics Club competed at the Hayez Dayez Camas invitational with 12 other teams from seven other schools. We came away with three of the 12 medals: First Place in Line Racers unlimited (Lydia Blalock), Second Place in Line Racers unlimited (Audrey Morton), and Second Place in Line Racers restricted (Montana Stephens). As you can tell from the results our students focused this winter on preparing their Line Racers. We had one more entrant in Line Racers for a full complement (Reagan Hoogendoorn), and we also had two entrants in Drag Racers (Sam Bouts and Ruth Blalock). We didn't enter SumoBots this year due in part to our domination in that event last year.

Next year will see the beginning of a new robotics league: the Southwest Washington Independent Robotics League (SWIRL). The main reasons for forming this league are to significantly reduce the cost of robotics competitions and to encourage competitions across brands. Toledo School District will host a tournament in November, Wahkiakum again in March, and Camas again in May. There is room for one more district to host a tournament in late January. The same six events will be held at each tournament, plus each host may run other events at its discretion. The three "EV3 restricted" events will be open to middle school and younger students, while the three "unrestricted" events are open to students K-12. Students can begin preparing now; the event rules are online at . Our own tournament, called "Wahkiakum Wohbot Wohundup," is co-sponsored by Wahkiakum 4-H, Wahkiakum Marine Resource Council and Wahkiakum School District. We have room for more sponsors of our tournament if your company is interested in getting involved. Contact Ron Wright at 4-H for more info.


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