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South Eugene Robotics team heads to World Championships

The South Eugene Robotics Team pit crew
The South Eugene Robotics Team pit crew

For the first time, the South Eugene Robotics team, or SERT, is ranked No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest. Now they’re heading to the World Championships in Houston, Texas.

University of Oregon Professor Paul Dassonville is a SERT mentor. He said being No. 1 in the Pacific Northwest is a pretty big deal. They made an excellent showing at the Northwest District competition earlier this month.

“We won two of our events. Which was the first time we’ve ever done that, he said. “Last year was the first time we won any event. It’s been great to see the team as the older students on the team pass on their knowledge and skills to the younger members of the team, and it's just snowballed."

Dassonville said the team works together to build robots that race and perform other skills tests.

SERT will compete with 600 robotics teams from around the world at the 4-day competition that begins Wednesday, April 17.

Dassonville said when they’re not in competition season, the team does community outreach and service.

He said the SERT team is raising money to help cover their travel costs for the World competition.

The Go Fund Me, and other ways to donate or support the team, can be found at SERT's website, sert2521.org

Rachael McDonald is KLCC’s host for All Things Considered on weekday afternoons. She also is the editor of the KLCC Extra, the daily digital newspaper. Rachael has a BA in English from the University of Oregon. She started out in public radio as a newsroom volunteer at KLCC in 2000.
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