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Letter to the editor

High school’s robotics team appreciates community’s support

The Boulder City High School FIRST robotics team No. 3009, The High-Scalers, wishes to thank the community for its generosity in funding this extracurricular STEM-related high school activity and invites the entire community to the Las Vegas FIRST Regional Robotics competition.

This year’s 43-team Las Vegas Regional competition titled “Recycle Rush” is scheduled to include three high school teams from China, one from Germany, and United States teams from Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Texas and Utah. The venue is the Cashman Center with the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. both Friday, March 27, and Saturday, March 28. While the event is free, there may be a parking fee.

Seeding matches will be conducted throughout the day Friday and then Saturday morning with the finals commencing around 1 p.m. on Saturday.

Robots must meet very stringent rules, including not weighing more than 120 pounds. Matches consist of a 15-second autonomous mode, or without human control, and a 2-minute, 15-second tele-operated period with students at the controls.

Matches are played by two alliances of three robots each on a 27-by-52-foot field. Recycle Rush robots score points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter.

Please remember this team is sponsored exclusively through the generosity of Boulder City organizations and individuals. Please join us in the pits and observe the matches.

John Richner, coach; Garth Schulz, BCHS instructor; Vernon Harkins and Harold Begley, mentors

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