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LO robotics team takes first place in Pacific Northwest District competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Lake Monsters celebrate their victory in the Pacific Northwest District FIRST Robotics Competition last week.The Lake Monsters swam right past the competition at the Pacific Northwest District FIRST Robotics Competition last week in Wilsonville.

Lake Oswego Robotics Team 2635 faced off against 32 other teams from Oregon and Washington and swept the competition, taking first in the qualification rounds and winning the final round with the event’s highest match score, 140 points.

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lake Monsters robot drive team member Michael Gilroy, right, readies the team's bot. The Lake Monsters also earned the Industrial Design Award for their gleaming piece of intelligent machinery.

“It’s really nice to have all the hard work pay off and be able to win the competition,” said team member Tristan Thompson, a Lakeridge junior.

The hardworking team comprises 21 students, 18 from Lakeridge and three from Lake Oswego High School, said Tristan Thompson’s mom, Vicky Thompson, the Lake Monsters’ communications mentor.

“This is huge; it’s really huge for our team, and we are just so excited,” she said.

The team must design and build a robot in six weeks, bag it, tag it and store it. Up until competition time, students use a practice bot that’s just like the stowed one.

During the recycling-themed Pacific Northwest event — dubbed the Recycle Rush — last week, the Lake Monsters got their bot to successfully stack five totes (plastic boxes for toting recyclables). The robot then topped the totes off with a container bearing a floppy, swimming pool noodle.

Teams need to choose an alliance during the event, and the Lake Monsters linked up with the 4-H Clover Bots Team 3674 from Battle Ground, Wash., and the Riverdale High School Robotics Team 2915 from Portland. All three teams now are off to the April 1-4 Pacific Northwest District Championship in Cheney, Wash., the last step before nationals.

Team captain and Lakeridge senior Kristin Taylor said she hopes her team serves as an inspiration for future Lake Monsters.

“We’re hoping we’ll set the standard,” she said.

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View the Lake Monsters’ robot in its natural habitat at www.frc2635.org.

By Jillian Daley
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