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APS to host large FIRST Robotics Competition in spring

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on September 13, 2017 – 12:56 amNo Comment
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Alpena Public Schools has been chosen to host 1 of 16 FIRST Robotics Competition events in spring 2018.

The event is expected to bring into town approximately 40 teams of 10 to 30 school-age children each, or an estimated 800 or more students, along with parents and others.

The school district has been told to be prepared for as many as 1,000 to 1,400 visitors in total.

FIRST Robotics Competition events feature student-built and piloted robots competing against each other on the floor of a sports arena, battling it out to earn points during a two-minute round.

APS Superintendent John VanWagoner is excited about hosting the competition, telling a board of education committee Tuesday, that it’s a “phenomenal opportunity” and a “massive undertaking.”

Jackie Krawzcak, a school board member and President/CEO of the local chamber of commerce, says APS has received preliminary permission to house some of the visiting students at facilities at the Combat Readiness Training Center.

Krawzcak is certain the community will come together to meet the needs of student competitors and others attending the event, which will be held over 2.5 days in early March.

APS has been able to field two teams for each FIRST Robotics Competition.  The school district jumped into the FIRST Robotics arena in early 2014.

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