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JANUARY 28, 2010

Brandon Bishop and Allen Rowan compete in round one of the main event at Idaho FLL State Championship on Jan. 16, in Pocatello. Photo by Eileen Rowan.

Clearwater Atomic Robotics compete at state

   The Clearwater Atomic Robotics (CAR) team competed in the Idaho FLL State Championship, sponsored by Idaho ROKS, on Jan. 16 at Pocatello.

   This event was an all day tournament with several different categories in which the teams were judged in. CAR received an invite to attend state by placing first in Robotic Design at the North Idaho Qualifier in Post Falls on Dec. 5.

   Fifty-six teams from around the state and Utah competed in the Idaho State FLL event. CAR did well and had three good runs in the main event with the robot and finished 26th overall.

   They also did very well in the other categories (Robot Design, Project and Teamwork). Even though CAR didnít trophy in any event (only third place or better get a trophy) they felt that they improved on several aspects from the qualifier last month and worked hard against the other teams. This is CARís first year competing.

   The robot uses the Lego Mindstorm technology and is configured and built by the kids to do several tasks during the competition for scores. All teams worldwide compete doing the same tasks in which they are giving 60 days to prepare.

   Also a community project is researched and completed by the team. More information can be found on the teamís web site at www.car4-h.org

   CAR is a 4-H group who meets year around and competes in the FLL (FIRST Lego League) in the fall. The robot uses the Lego Mindstorm Technology and is configured and built by the kids to do several tasks during the competition for scores.

   All teams worldwide compete doing the same tasks in which they are giving 60 days to prepare. The 4-H portion is open to all 4-H aged kids with the FLL events from nine to 14 years of age. Also the University of Idaho is interested in putting together a FTC (FIRST Tech Challenge) team which is made up of students who are 14 to 18 years of age. The FTC uses the same technology as the FLL robot only at a slightly larger scale.

   CAR and 4-H welcome any child who would like to participate. Contact the 4-H office at 476-4434 or Ken Hengen (4-H leader/coach) at 827-1620.

   CAR will also be holding a demonstration in the future for anybody interested in seeing the robot and what CAR is all about. The team, coach and parents give a special thank you to all the sponsors and supporters that helped the team out over the past years.