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Sandy High students are preparing for the home-based VEX Robotics competition, the largest robotics tournament in Oregon, second only to the state competition.

PMG PHOTO: BRITTANY ALLEN - The Sandy High Robotics Team includes multiple juniors with years of experience and experience competing at worlds competitions.At least once a year, Sandy High School acts as host for the best VEX Robotics teams in the state. This year, that day is Saturday, Jan. 11.

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., dozens of students will flock to 37400 Bell St., to compete in the largest robotics tournament in Oregon, second only to the state competition.

Five Sandy High teams will compete, and team coach Aron Eslinger feels like they have a good chance of making a show at the tournament and not just because of their home field advantage.

"We have a great group of juniors with a lot of experience," Eslinger said. "We're further ahead on our build this year than we have been in years past. The kids worked really hard this summer."

In tournaments already this year, the teams have taken tournament champion once, excellence for best robot once, award for best designed robot once, the top skills score twice and the judges award once.

"The top three Sandy teams should be in the top 10% at the tournament," said Eslinger. "We're about where we always are (in terms of competition). We have a few strong teams in the beginning of the year. It does to their dedication in the summer to come in and design."

The Sandy robotics team is currently recruiting volunteers to help organize and judge the tournament. Volunteers need to be available starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, so that they can be trained. Meals will be provided for volunteers.

Those interested should sign up by contacting Aron Eslinger at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 7.

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