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SHS students embracing 'bot' technology

The Sunnyside High School Technology Student Association took first place honors in two categories at Zillah High School's Robotics Competition this past December.

The Boe Bot is a small robot that moves according to the programming students input through computer language.

The group, a club new to Sunnyside High School of nearly 19 students, earned second place honors in a "follow the line" competition, where robots had to be programmed to follow a lined pattern set before it. In addition, students earned first place honors in a mystery event and first place honors overall.

The Sunnyside High School robotics team, which is separate from the Technology Student Association, also earned a second place prize in a "sumo bot" competition. The students were challenged against an opposing team; with two robots together in a ring. The robot, to win, had to push its opponent out of the ring.

The technology club is now preparing for its next competition in Zillah this coming March. But the small Boe Bots are small potatoes to this new group at Sunnyside High School. The group also plans to attend the Washington State Technology Student Association state conference on Feb. 17, where students plan to take with them a larger "vex robot."

"When folded down the vex bot is required to be 18 cubic inches," said club adviser Spencer Martin.

But when the vex bot enters the arena, in order to complete the challenge, it unfolds and becomes larger. To successfully complete the challenge, students must control the robot to stack different items in the best order.

Students are now preparing to show their stuff with the vex robot challenge that will take place at the state conference later this month.

After that, students will continue to work on their Boe Bots, in preparation for the Zillah Robotics Challenge next month.

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