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Wapato Students Put in Long Hours for Robotics Competition

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WAPATO, Wash-- A group of Wapato students is taking on a great challenge, a statewide robotics competition. They're the only team coming out of the Yakima Valley or Columbia Basin. 

As a rookie team they were able to secure grants to help build their robot and now they're crammed into a borrowed building, using borrowed tools going above and beyond the classroom. 

They're building a robot for a statewide competition and the competition will be fierce, better funded and more experienced.

"I really believe in them and I think this is something that is really going to inspire some of the students," said Christopher Beyrouty, teacher, WHS.

Beyrouty said not all of the students have high grade point averages, the only thing necessary is an interest and devotion to the project. They're clocking more hours in six weeks than a varsity sports team does in a season. 

They've named the team Robo Sparks.

Robots must meet certain requirements to compete---something that presents special challenges.

"It's a lot of teamwork, a lot of problem solving, cause you put something here and then oh it doesn't fit so you gotta make it work," said Jeanette Rodriguez.

The students have only six weeks to build the robot, they'll compete March 26 through 28th at the Key Arena in Seattle. From engineering to mechanics this project is teaching students a lot, lessons they'll use always.

"Measure twice, cut once," said Rodriguez.

To support the Robo Sparks team you can contact Christopher Beyrouty at Wapato High School, the phone number is 509-877-3138.