Banks robotics team grabs honor
Charlie's Angels grab design award at FIRST Tech Challenge tourney
'Charlie's Angels' of Banks completed their mission in award-winning fashion at a statewide robotics championship Saturday.
The 'Angels' - Banks High School's Kyrie Coberley, Banks Junior High School's Cassie Streblow, Forest Grove home-schooler Emma Young, Oregon Episcopal School's Sydney Young and Liberty High School's Kiley Bonin - took home the PTC Design Award from the event at Hillsboro's South Meadows Middle School.
Called 'Bowled Over!,' the annual FIRST Tech Challenge Championship Tournament brought together 34 winning middle and high school robotics teams to demonstrate their custom-made robots in an all-day competition.
The pre-engineering program helps students in grades 8 through 12 explore technical careers by designing and programming unique robots.
The robots, which start each match no more than 18 inches high, compete on a 12-foot by 12-foot playing field, and during the first 30 seconds must operate autonomously. For the next 120 seconds, team members can assist the robots by sending commands using wireless connections. There were also two full-size bowling balls on the field which could be moved up a ramp by the robots for extra points.
'Charlie's Angels' and another Banks team, the 'Zombie Mechanics,' are coached by George Young of Forest Grove and Sid Young of Banks. 'Zombie Mechanics' include Banks High's Aaron Streblow and Caleb Stewart, Banks Junior High's Kobey Bonin and Forest Grove High's Tayler Young.