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Nipomo club prepares to compete

Nipomo High School students Cydney Marlett, left, and Alisha Willars test a robot as teacher Greg Gracia (cq) observes. The robots must move balls from one side of the court, over or under a wall, to the other.
David Middlecamp
Nipomo High School students Cydney Marlett, left, and Alisha Willars test a robot as teacher Greg Gracia (cq) observes. The robots must move balls from one side of the court, over or under a wall, to the other. David Middlecamp

For the third time since it was started three years ago, the Nipomo High School Robotics Team will compete at the world championships against more than 300 teams from 20 countries.

A team of seven students from the high school, including club President Matthew Chang, received a late bid to the VEX Robotics Competition World Championship from April 22 to 25 in Dallas.

Club members now must raise $10,000 in the next two weeks to cover the cost of hotel rooms, airline tickets, transportation and meals in order to make the trip, club adviser and math teacher Greg Gracia said.

This season, the team finished in the semi-final rounds at the Independence High School VEX Robotics Challenge in San Jose. The team received recognition for its overall team sportsmanship, quality of its robots and willingness to help other teams.

Team members won the Judge’s Award, given to the best all-around team for its robot, sportsmanship, and competitive standing.

For more information, visit www.titanrobotics.info or e-mail Gracia at ggracia@lmusd.org.

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