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Two teams from the Great Plains Technology Center qualified for the VEX Robotics world competition Friday in Anaheim, Calif. Shown are, from left, back row: Tyler Hightower and Kevin To; front row: David Epler III and Brycin Brown. The teams are Hightower and Epler, and To and Brown. The team of Hightower and Epler will be taking part in the world competition, along with a team from Boone-Apache Public Schools.

Great Plains Tech, Boone-Apache ready for robotics world tourney

Two area teams will be representing Southwest Oklahoma in the VEX Robotics World championship tournament Friday in Anaheim, Calif.  one team from the Great Plains Technology Center and another from Boone-Apache Public Schools.

Another team from the tech center and teams from Indiahoma Public Schools and MacArthur Middle School also qualified, but are unable to attend the competition.

All of the teams qualified at the regional VEX competition in March.

VEX Robotics teams design, build, program and control robots to compete in a game that changes annually. The game usually involves an obstacle course and other challenges, such as putting balls through openings, climbing and hanging from structures.

Andrew Easson, team mentor for the tech center, said both of the center's teams worked very hard and did an excellent job of learning to design solutions to problems, then build those solutions.

"As a mentor, I didn't have to do much other than point out things," Easson said.

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