Meet them in St. Louis

By From page A4 | April 09, 2012

We have come to expect the well-coached team from the El Dorado Hills to be winners in robotics competition. But now that Oak Ridge High School-based team joined forces with a Folsom team from the new Vitsa del Lago High School and the partnered teams are heading for the national championships in St. Louis.

There is an additional connection between the two as both teams have brothers from the same family.

But these aren’t the only braniacs from El Dorado County.

With a little bit of luck and shrewd foundational design the plucky group centered at neighboring Union Mine and Shenadoah high schools also is heading for St. Louis. This group is referred to by the name of the high school district because it includes almost every school in the district — Ponderosa, El Dorado and Oak Ridge, in additonal to Union Mine and Shenandoah.

This is a tribute to the ingenuity of the students and the technical background of the coaches. Congratulations to all.

The El Dorado Union High School group has raised $17,000 to send its robot team to St. Louis and needs another $25,000. Anyone wishing to donate may make out checks to EDUHSD Robotics and mail them to EDUHSD Robotics Team, Shenandoah Virtual Academy, 6540 Koki Lane, El Dorado 95623.

Competing at the national level is not just a stimulating intellectual experience. It is creating the foundation of the country’s next generation of electrical and software engineers and entrepreneurs. With high school students like these our country has a bright future.

Mountain Democrat

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