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Robotics team goes to world championship; groundbreaking ceremony for LJH construction April 11

{filler:graphics-school-notes-news.jpg}Local robotics team to compete in world championship

FIRST Tech Challenge team ToborTech, a robotics team from Lake Oswego High School, won the 2nd place Inspire Award at the Oregon State Championship March 9 and 10. They will now advance to the World Championship in Houston April 17-20. This is the 2nd time the team has earned a chance to compete at the World Championship.

Besides winning the most prestigious Inspire Award, the team was also the Tech Division semi-finalist, and was nominated as Connect Award 1st runner-up, Design Award 2nd runner-up and Promote Award 1st runner-up.

The FIRST Tech Challenge is designed for students in grades 7-12 to compete head-to-head by designing, building and programming a robot to compete in an alliance format against other teams.

ToborTech currently has 13 members from various Lake Oswego schools: Carl Bergstrom, Nick Degrood, Phoebe Garrett, Sophia Kamsha, Ruofeng (Charlie) Liu, Mason Mann, Gregory Park, Jeffery Sun, Ellie Tanimura, Aaron Tsai, Kevin Tsai, Sophie Villeneuve and Parker Williams.

The team is currently seeking financial support from the community in order to send the team to Houston for the World Championship. In order to donate to the team, go to GoFundMe and search "Lake Oswego Robotics," or go to http://tinyurl.com/yyfhdgmt/.

Date is set for groundbreaking of the new Lakeridge Junior High

The groundbreaking ceremony for the rebuit Lakeridge Junior High will take place at the site Thursday, April 11 at 5 p.m.

The school is being rebuilt as part of the $187 million bond measure approved by voters in May 2017. Estimated cost of the new 141,000-square-foot junior high: $68.2 million.

Demolition of the former Bryant Elementary School on the site began in January, and if all goes according to plan, students and staff should be able to move in during late summer 2020 and start the fall term in their new school.

More details to come on the groundbreaking ceremony as they are released. For information about the new junior high and the school bond, visit www.losdschools.org/bond/.