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Robotics tourney to start Friday

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Madera High School’s robotics team is giving ETR13, its very own robot, one last going over before sending it up against 45 other high school robotic teams from the Western U.S. and Hawaii in the 3rd annual Central Valley Regional Robotics Competition this weekend.

This year’s contest, which has been dubbed “Aerial Assist,” will take place in Madera South High School’s gymnasium Friday through Sunday and will resemble a lacrosse-like game, using 24-inch exercise balls, instead of basketballs and Frisbees as in the past.

The robotics competition is free and open to the public.

The Madera team under the direction of Alan Hollman, vice principal of Madera High’s School of Engineering and Technology, began preparing for this year’s “super bowl of smarts” in January when it designed and built ETR13 under the strict rules of a six week “build season.” The students programmed the robot so that they can remotely control it through the competition rounds on the gym floor this weekend...


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