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Robots returning to EWU's campus this spring
Robots returning to EWU's campus this spring

Don't be surprised if you see a robot roaming around Eastern Washington University this spring.

Back by popular demand, EWU and Greater Spokane Incorporated are bringing the FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) back to Eastern's Reese Court Pavilion from April 4 to 6.

It's all an effort to promote programs in science, technology, engineering and math.

According to EWU:

"FRC combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of science and technology. It features a real-world challenge to be solved by research, critical thinking, construction, teamwork and imagination. After the rousing success of last year’s Rebound Rumble, 38 high school teams will converge in Cheney for this year’s game, Ultimate Ascent. Operating under strict rules and time limits, robots built and programmed by each team will shoot Frisbee’s into goals at the far end of the field to score. At the end of the match, the robots climb 'jungle-gym'-like pyramids to earn bonus points."

This year's regional compeition will bring more than 1,500 people to campus each day of the event.

Eastern's is one of three regional robotics competitions statewide, and one of 57 in the U.S., all with participants hoping to make it to the national stage.

“EWU is once again honored to welcome these outstanding students to campus,” EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo said. “As we saw last year, the energy, enthusiasm and innovation surrounding this competition will only encourage more students to take an interest in studying science and technology at Eastern and in our region's public schools.”

Winning teams from the EWU regional will advance to the FRC Championship in St. Louis, Mo., April 24-27 to compete against teams from the United States and around the world.

EWU annually offers 15 academic scholarship awards to its freshman and sophomore students who have previously participated in FRC competitions. Each award is for $2,000.

For more information about the FRC at Eastern, or to volunteer for the event, please visit EWU’s robotics website, or contact FRC Regional Chairman Christian Hansen at chansen@ewu.edu or (509) 359-6068.

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