After school program available at community center
Kids ages six to 18 looking for something to do after school are welcome to take part in the city's Youth Drop-In Program. The after school program is available from 2:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday at the Grandview Community Center at 812 Wallace Way. Participants are able to use both the gym and game room during that time. The cost to attend is $10 a year for city residents and $20 for non-city residents. The only requirement is that parents fill out a program form, which is available for pick up at the parks and recreation office in the community center. For more information call 882-9219.
Robotics team puts in good showing at Toppenish competition
The Grandview Middle School Robotics Team recently took part in the All Valley Classic Robotics competition held on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Toppenish. The event brought 22 middle school teams together from across the Valley and as far away as Grand Coulee to take part in the competition.
GMS had three teams in the competition and ended up finishing in 8th, 13th and 17th place after the preliminary matches. One of the seventh grade teams made it to the semi-finals – the final four – before being eliminated, which is the highest placing the program has attained in its three-year existence.
During the competition all of the teams were interviewed by judges, who asked teams questions about their robot, how it worked, how it changed during the build process and what they were most proud of in their machine. The seventh grade team, made up of Seth Valdez, Julian Ledesma, Anthony Hernandez and Jonathan Arguello, won the trophy for the Judges Award based on their interview.
This was the first competition for GMS this year and a lot was learned as far as new ideas for building new robots as well as effective strategies in getting high scores during each match. The next competition the team hopes to participate in will be the State Middle School Finals scheduled for Feb. 15 at the middle school in Toppenish.
Pictured: Seth Valdez, Julian Ledesma, Anthony Hernandez and Jonathan Arguello, seventh graders, display the trophy for the Judges Award their team won at the All Valley Classic Robotics Competition held recently in Toppenish.