A local group of students came home with two trophies after competing in the Oregon Robotics Tournament and Outreach Program FIRST LEGO League state tournament.The Camas Mechanickidz competed against 89 other teams, taking first-place in software programming and second-place in robot performance, coming in only one point shy in that category than the winner.
The team was selected for the state competition in December, out of 20 teams at a qualifying competition in Vancouver.
According to team co-coach Jeff Hendricks, the Portland region is the largest in the country with 400 teams.
Teams were judged in four key areas: Robotics performance, core values, team presentation and robot design.
“The team worked tirelessly since the end of summer, meeting several times per week,” Hendricks said.