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The Centralia College Electronics, Robotics, and Automation (ERA) program in partnership with Education School District 113 is holding its Fourth Annual Blazer Bot robotics competition for local middle schools from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16,  in the Michael Smith Gymnasium on the corner of Iron Street and Walnut Avenue.

Using a Lego robotic kit, teams must follow strict criteria for each category of competition: sumo bot, block stacking, and a light activated drag race.

Last year, approximately 20 teams and 100 students participated. This year, the college expects those numbers to grow substantially.

Loaner kits are available on a first-come basis. Home school teams are encouraged to participate. Students in the ERA program will be available to assist student teams that need help with their projects.

“We’re very excited to have an event on campus that challenges local middle school students in the sciences. We want every team that wants to participate to have a chance,” ERA instructor David Peterson said. “Plus, they’ll get a chance to see our beautiful campus and interact with our exceptional students and dedicated instructors.”

This free event is open to the public. For more information, contact David Peterson at dpeterson@centralia.edu or visit https://centralia.instructure.com/courses/940814.

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