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Gladstone robotics teams win grant funding


Gladstone High School’s robotics team is the recipient of a $3,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Education, and the two robotics teams at Kraxberger Middle School were awarded a $2,500 grant from the Gladstone Education Foundation.

The funds will allow both schools to compete in regional events during the coming school year.

Gladstone’s robotics teams are part of the FIRST robotics competitions that encourage students to venture beyond their comfort zones to learn computer programming, computer-aided design, mechanical engineering, and computer-aided manufacturing. Along the way, they also learn teamwork, planning, marketing, electronics recycling, fundraising and communications skills.

“It’s exciting for us to see the applications of science and math while we build and program our robot for competition,” said Gladstone High team president Eli Bliss. “Many of our team members have had the opportunity for paid technology internships that lead them to pursue technology careers.”

Sponsors of Gladstone’s robotics clubs include Intel, Boeing, A-dec, the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace, Quickor Garage, Clackamas Steel and Manufacturing, Leupold and Stevens, Inc., and Olympus Controls.