SLO County Roundup


Move over, Megatron. Sorry, Optimus Prime.

The hottest ’bot in town right now is The Boss, built by Atascadero High School’s robotics team.

Greyhound Revolutionary Robotics will show off their robot today at the Atascadero-Martin Polin Regional Library, team adviser Janet Price said.

Now in its ninth year, the team consists of 15 students — all from Atascadero High School — working with adult and college-age mentors.

“The idea is to mentor students and open them up to science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” Price said. “The students seem to really enjoy it.”

Greyhound Revolutionary Robotics participates annually in competitions held by For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, or FIRST.

This year, the North County team competed in “Breakaway,” a soccer-inspired game.

Starting in January, the students had six weeks to build a robot capable of navigating a field divided by multiple bumps, scooting through a tiny tunnel and kicking balls into goal nets.

They also built a practice ’bot.

Greyhound Revolutionary Robotics participated in two regional competitions, held in San Jose in March and in Las Vegas in April. In the latter case, the team returned home with a second-place trophy, Price said.

Locals can learn more about robotics at 6:30 p.m. today at the library, 6850 Morro Road in Atascadero. The event is free and open to ages 10 and older.

For more information, call Janet Price at 466-4195.

— Sarah Linn

Morro Bay

The city’s fire department recently received a one-year federal grant of $60,983 through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The grant will be used to buy essential protective equipment for Morro Bay firefighters. Grants such as this are crucial for cities such as Morro Bay which are struggling with shrinking budgets, city officials said.

“The funds will be used to purchase personal protective equipment that is essential for our firefighters to do their jobs,” said Mike Pond, Morro Bay fire chief. “The equipment will allow our firefighters to safely enter burning structures, respond to wildland fires and protect them from exposure to blood-borne pathogens.”

The grant program is an important part of the federal government’s coordinated effort to improve the nation’s level of preparedness and ability to respond to fires and other emergencies, said Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara.

— David Sneed

Arroyo Grande

A district team for Assemblyman Sam Blakeslee, R-San Luis Obispo, will hold mobile office hours Thursday between 1 and 3 p.m.

Members of Blakeslee’s staff will be available to assist people in working with state agencies, discuss positions on issues, and share information on the budget, the legislative process, ways to get more involved in state government, and the work of the 33rd Assembly District office.

Office hours are open to the public; no appointment is necessary. They will be held in the Village Green Park, located directly behind Arroyo Grande City Hall at 214 E. Branch St.

— Cynthia Lambert