As the teams look forward to the state championship and possibly the world championship, they also look toward the next challenge

SUBMITTED PHOTO - The Molalla High School robotics teams will compete at the State Championship on March 9-10.After a successful season, the Molalla High School robotics teams are gearing up for the State Championship on March 9-10 at Chemeketa Community College.

Two of the teams, Team 10 and Gracious Professionals, have qualified for the platinum division of the championship. The winners from this division will move on to the World Championship in April, which is held in Louisville, Kentucky and is attended by teams from around the world.

Molalla's third team, OFUDOR, will compete in the gold division at the state tournament.

"We are looking forward to cheering them on in the last local competition of the season," said MHS Robotics coach Zeb Schweickert.

The state tournament begins Friday, March 9 at 4 p.m. in Chemeketa's main gym and ends on Saturday at 5 p.m.

Shortly after the tournament, the teams will take apart the robots they worked so hard to build to prepare for the next season.

"In VEX robotics there is no off season, next year's challenge is announced as part of the awards ceremony at the World Championship in April and after that the rebuilding will begin," Schweickert said.

With the new challenge will come new technology. VEX has announced that they will be releasing a more powerful control system that allows for machine vision capabilities and motors that are twice as powerful.

In order to compete, Molalla's teams will need to upgrade their own equipment, so MHS Robotics fundraisers will be coming soon.

Kristen Wohlers
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