Green Wrenches win big at robotics competition



Evergreen School District — They may be green, but their wrenches sure do work. The Green Wrenches, the Evergreen School District robotics team, won the Entrepreneur Award, the Pit Safety Award and the prestigious Chairman’s Award at the Autodesk Oregon Regional FIRST Robotics Competition, held March 8-10 at the Memorial Coliseum in Portland.

Each year, FIRST Robotics teams have six weeks to build a maximum 120-pound robot that meets a specific challenge. This year’s competition was a robotics version of basketball, with extra points for robots that could balance on “teeter totter” ramps. There were 66 competing teams including three local ones: the Camas-Washougal-Hockinson Team Mean Machine placed 16th and won the Industrial Design Award and the Skyview High School Stormbots placed 44th. The Green Wrenches are now fundraising to attend the World Championship in St. Louis in late April.

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