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Three of LO's robotics teams prove themselves at a qualifier competition held in Hillsboro.

A few Lake Oswego robotics teams scored big at a recent competition, securing them a spot at an upcoming state championship.

On Saturday, Feb. 5, robotics teams ToborTech, Mostly Operational and All Hands on Tech competed in the Silicon Forest Qualifying Tournament in Hillsboro and took home multiple awards. ToborTech's highest score of the day was 291 points.

During the championship, the teams competed in multiple matches. The objective was to collect cubes and balls and dispose of them in a single-tiered hub so that it tipped toward their alliance's color or drop the cubes and balls into a three-tiered hub to earn points from different levels. Toward the end of a match, teams spun miniature ducks on a carousel in attempt to earn more points.

COURTESY PHOTO: WAN-SHU LU - ToborTech advanced to the state championships in March.

"It's a team effort and being able to succeed with your team is something really special," said Sophia Kamsha, the drive coach for ToborTech.

The state championships are scheduled for March 12-13 and Kamsha said she is looking forward to showing off more of the team's capabilities at the next competition.

"There is a lot of development between the qualifying tournament and the state tournaments. So it's really exciting for us to show off how our robot has changed and to see how the other teams have also developed their robots," said Kamsha, a sophomore at LOHS.

Aidan Kwapisz, ToborTech's outreach and documentation lead, said he is excited to meet new people at the competition.

"Although this is my third year on our team, the past two years were plagued by COVID-19, and I haven't ever gone to the state tournament before, so I'm excited to compete with so many new teams for the first time and hopefully make many new friends in the process," he said.

Members of Team ToborTech also placed second for the Inspire Award and the Control Award, which symbolize the team's progress and dedication. And Mostly Operational, comprised of high school students, won first place for the Think Award — given to the team with the most innovative robot design — advancing them also to the Oregon state championships.

"It is great (to see our hard work pay off). It's really wonderful to see a lot more teams grow out of Lake Oswego, said Wan-Shu Lu, the head coach of ToborTech.


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