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Thorp students among 1,000 competitors

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Posted: Thursday, March 21, 2013 2:00 pm

Central Washington University will play host to more than 1,000 students from 50 teams throughout Oregon and Washington for the Central Washington Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, according to a news release.

The participating high school students come with their already-built, 120-pound robots to compete in this year’s contest, a three-on-three ultimate Frisbee tournament.

A team of high school students from Thorp will be participating as well.

The event runs from today through Saturday in Nicholson Pavilion. The release said the best times for spectators are from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday or from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

The event is free and open to the public. Parking passes are required on Friday, parking is free on Saturday.

The regional championship is the sixth and, according to the release, the largest robotics event hosted by CWU this year. More than 1,000 elementary and junior high students came to the Ellensburg campus for similar events earlier in the academic year.

Learn more about FIRST and its robotics programs at www.usfirst.org.

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