Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wood River wins robotics competition

‘Blaine County Bots’ host VEX tournament


By TERRY SMITH
Express Staff Writer

    A senior team from Wood River High School took first place at a VEX robotics competition earlier this month that was hosted by a new group called Blaine County Bots at the high school in Hailey.
    Team members are Chandler Gifford, Drew Morse, Andrew Graves and Ty Reinemann. High school teacher Kevin Lupton is the team advisor. Twenty-three teams competed in the competition held on Nov. 8.
    The team will next compete, along with other Wood River High School teams, in a VEX competition in Caldwell on Nov. 26.
    The events are sponsored by VEX Robotics Design System, a company that designs and builds components for robots. State and regional competitions are held to qualify teams for an annual international meet.
    The competitions test various robotic skills such as moving, lifting, throwing or other manipulations.
    Lupton stated in a news release that building and competing with robotic devices is growing in popularity in the Blaine County School District. The new Blaine County Bots group includes students grades 4-12.
    “We are in the development stage of a robotics program fourth through 12th grade sponsored by 4H and the Blaine County School District,” Lupton said. “This is an innovative program that will help develop 21st century students.”
Terry Smith: tsmith@mtexpress.com




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