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Cougars Gone Wired wins Utah robotics regional

       The Coronado High and District 11 FIRST Robotics Team 2996 “Cougars Gone Wired” won the Utah FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics regional event March 13-15 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.
       As a member of the winning three robot alliance, along with Team 2122 “Team Tators” and Team 3191 “The Wingnuts,” the Cougars earned a spot to compete at the FIRST World Championships in St. Louis April 23-26.
       Cougars Gone Wired also won the Regional Chairman's Award at the Utah event. There were 48 entrants, including teams from California, Hawaii, Utah, Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Canada, a press release states.
       The chief faculty advisor is Bryce McLean, a Coronado technology teacher. The program is extracurricular, involving the community as well (alhough only students are allowed to work on the robots). It is an annual endeavor, with the national FIRST organization inventing games each year and making parts available for robots that students can build to play the games.
       About 80 students in all are involved in the Coronado-based robotics effort this year, with about a tenth of them homeschooled or from other D-11 schools.
       According to the press release, “In awarding the Chairman's Award to Cougars Gone Wired, the judges made the statement that they are a role model for all other teams. This is the third time in four years that the Cougars have won a regional Chairman's award.”

Westside Pioneer/press release
(Posted 3/18/14; Schools: Coronado)

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