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Marfa robotics team heads to state contest this weekend 

May 18th, 2017 under Top Stories
(MISD photo) The Marfa Robohorns

(MISD photo)
The Marfa Robohorns

By NICK WINCHESTER

nick@bigbendnow.com

MARFA — The Marfa Robohorns will compete at the UIL Robotics State Championships at the Austin Convention Center this weekend, May 19-20.

“We run the most ambitious robotics program in the Big Bend Region of Texas with four FIRST Robotics teams and approximately 20 percent of the student body participating in robotics.” The fundraising page read.

Thirteen girls and boys, alongside two coaches, will head to to Austin.

“It’s an honor to be invited to the UIL State Championship for the second year in a row based on our performance at the El Paso District and Lubbock Regional Championships,” the team said. “Only 32 teams from Texas have been invited for the 1A-4A divisions. We were unable to attend last year and would love your support to get there on May 19.”

The competition is part of a Robotics pilot program sponsored by the University Scholastic League (UIL) and For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) in Texas.

To cover costs, the team set up an online fundraising page. The team reached their $5000 goal, surpassing it to raise $5,571.

Funds will cover the costs of their rooms, meals and transportation for the weekend. Extra funds will go towards the 2017-2018 robotics registration and parts budget.

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