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Palo Verde robotics team wins western regional

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Palo Verde Magnet High School will compete at a worldwide robotics competition after winning the western regional.

The team will compete next week in the 2017 FIRST Robotics Competition in Houston.

Students worked for six weeks to build their robot, putting in at least 120 hours each after school, on weekends and over spring break, according to a news release from the Tucson Unified School District.

The students worked on the design and fabrication of each piece, coding and programming to bring their robot to life. This year’s theme is Steamworks, which requires students to prepare for a long-distance airship race in the style of steampunk. (See video)

“I’m so very proud of our team,” said Ann Marie Condes, an engineering teacher at Palo Verde.

“They spent a lot of time and hard work, and it came through at the regional tournament. Because of their outstanding community involvement, they won the Engineering Inspiration Award.”

The Engineering Inspiration Award includes a $5,000 scholarship from NASA, which pays the entry fee to the world competition.

Students must still raise funds or solicit tax credit donations for travel expenses. 

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