Benson Polytechnic High School Alumni Association

Oregon State Robotics Championship at Benson High School, March 2

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The FIRST Tech Challenge Oregon State Championship Tournament will be held at Benson High School on March 2, 2014.  Team judging and inspection will be held at Benson on March 1.

( See http://www.usfirst.org/roboticsprograms/ftc )

Press Release for the event

This is a great honor for Benson and it’s the first time a Portland Public School has hosted a robotics championship.  Two of Benson’s robotics teams will be competing along with 46 other teams from throughout Oregon and SW Washington.   Teams in this year’s championship tournament will be divided into two divisions, with the divisions honoring the names of two  famous engineers with Portland connections: the late Howard Vollum, Tektronix co-founder, and Gordon Moore, Intel co-founder.   Members of the families of these engineers will be special guests.  The program is supported by most of the big names in local high-tech: Tektronix, Intel, IBM, Mentor Graphics, etc.  There will also be representatives from many of these companies present to introduce or award winning teams.

We invite all Benson alumni to attend the tournament on Sunday and cheer on Benson’s teams.  There is also a need for volunteers at this event.  If you would like to help out, please click here to sign up as a volunteer.  Any assistance you can give will  be greatly appreciated.  Helping these young students is very rewarding; seeing their enthusiasm and pride in what they have designed and build is priceless.

John DeLacy

Class of 1966

Benson Robotics Coach and Mentor

Author: John DeLacy

Benson Class of 1966 Retired from Tektronix after 29 years as Electrical Engineer BSEE Oregon State University AB Harvard University

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  1. Volunteer opportunities include assisting judges and helping with inspection, Field Manager, directing teams and the public, helping with scoring, etc.
    John

  2. Oops, I forgot to mention the primary sponsor of Oregon FTC: Rockwell-Collins. They have supported the program for years.

    And, again, I urge Benson Alumni to volunteer to help out at the tournament:
    http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C48ADA929A6F94-ftcchampionship

    Thanks. John

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