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Sun, Jan. 19

After regional placements, KHS Robotics off to nationals

KINGMAN – Kingman High School's U.S.

FIRST Robotics team is moving in the right direction as it leaves today for national competition in Atlanta, Ga.

The team was part of the third-place alliance in a regional event March 11-13 in Phoenix.

Kingman also was part of the second-place alliance in another regional competition March 25-27 in Denver.

Team adviser Sean Hardina said the "Bionic Bulldogs" were the No.

3-seeded team among 38 teams in Phoenix.

The team came home with a Motorola Quality Award presented for having the outstanding robot.

The Bionic Bulldogs earned three awards in Denver (see photo).

Hardina said the team might have taken first place in Denver but the computer for programming and controlling the robot broke down late in the competition.

A new computer had to be shipped by Innovation First, the company supplying all software for robotics.

"The robot still performed better than expected," junior Krystine Thoroughman said.

Greg Short, a junior, said, "Some cables winched up and broke at both events that we had to change out."

Added Thoroughman, "We hope to win our division (Archimedes) at nationals and go to the finals to face the three other division winners."

Drivers have been practicing with the backup robot for nationals, she said.

Sixteen students and eight adults are scheduled to leave today for Atlanta, where the national event will be conducted Thursday through Saturday.

Kingman finished third at nationals in 2001 and 2002.

U.S.

FIRST stands for "For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology."

"We were a little disappointed about Denver," junior Kendra Skousen said.

"We won every single (qualifying) match, but lost in the finals."

However, team members came back from Denver knowing they are part of a well-rounded team with an "awesome robot," Thoroughman said.

The team also has good marketing strategies that support sponsors, she added.

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