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The Anacortes High School robotics team wound up an exciting four days at the World Championships in St. Louis, Mo. and headed home on Sunday after failing to reach the quarter finals. They qualified for worlds in 22nd place out of 154 teams from Wash. and Ore.

The team, known as FRC Team 3238, was among only 32 teams from Washington and Oregon that went to St. Louis. None of the regional teams, including our team, made the quarter-finals, which narrowed the field to 24 teams out of 600 in the competition.

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This trip to the world competition is the 3rd time out of the 6 years the program has been in place that the team qualified.

In all, over 18,000 students, ages 6 to 18, participated in the Championship events in St. Louis.

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The four-day event came to a conclusion Saturday night in front of a roaring crowd of more than 40,000 when four teams from League City, Texas, and Davis, Clovis, and Palmdale, California of the Newton Subdivision won the coveted FIRST® Robotics Competition (FRC) Championship Winning Alliance.

In this year’s recycling-themed game, RECYCLE RUSH, FRC teams took to the field, where competing Alliances scored points by stacking totes on scoring platforms, capping those stacks with recycling containers, and properly disposing of pool noodles, representing litter. In keeping with the recycling theme of the game, all game pieces used are reusable or recyclable by teams in their home locations or by FIRST at the end of the season.

Our thanks to Maija Sorensen, who sent these photos.

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