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Idaho FIRST Robotics 2019: It's 'all hands on deck' in Homedale

In FIRST Robotics, teams have only about six weeks to build their robot (CBS 2 Photo).

FIRST Robotics teams around the world are racing against the clock to get their robots ready for competition!

The program is now in its 15th year in Idaho — but it's a brand new opportunity this year in Homedale.

Team 7895, the Homedale Trobots, is a small team of about 12 students who are looking to leave a big mark at this year's Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition.

"Homedale is definitely a sports-related school and we're small," said Ashlyn Miller, Junior at Homedale HS. "[This] is something else that people can look at and see that we've accomplished — building a robot."

The students themselves asked to get the program started at their school. Many team members are already involved in other extra-curricular activities outside of FIRST Robotics.

Starting the team was made possible through a generous grant from the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, who provides grant money for teams from rural communities to register in the Idaho Regional competition, as well as a grant from the Idaho STEM Action Center.

In FIRST Robotics, teams have only about six weeks to build their robot. Then, it's off to competition!

"I am impressed by FIRST Robotics," said Liddy Renner, Trobots Team Mentor. "Everything they have given us is so comprehensive and they are incredibly supportive in the materials they give us and the extra resources they have given us as a rookie team."

The Idaho FIRST Robotics Competition Regional is happening the last weekend of March, Friday and Saturday, at the Ford Idaho Center. It's free for the public to attend.

CBS 2 will be following along with the Trobots throughout the season to see how they do!


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