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Portland High robotics

Portland High roboticsPORTLAND — A high school robotics team proved they’re more than meets the eye at a recent statewide competition. Now they’re poised to take on the world. There’s just one problem, though: They have to raise $7,000 to afford the trip. Earlier this year, the five-member Portland High School Robotics Team was one of three Maine teams to qualify for the VEX Robotics World Championship, a four-day event beginning April 23 in Anaheim, Calif. On Friday, April 4, the team will solicit donations and share their creations in Monument Square during the monthly First Friday Art Walk. The robotics team was formed in March 2013 after the school received a donation of VEX robotics equipment. The equipment, which evokes a modern-age Erector set, allows students to construct contraptions that perform simple tasks, either through the use of a joystick or through pre-programmed commands called “autonomous” competitions. (read more at The Forecaster)