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Central Coast Robotics Champs!

My wife and I just returned from Long Beach where we saw the LA Regional Robotics competition. Our Central Coast High School Teams did INCREDIBLE! In this competition, there were 60 teams from So. Cal to as far away as Brazil.

The Arroyo Grande High School came off a second place finish last week at the San Diego regional to be the #1 ranked team by going undefeated in match play. They also won the Xerox Creativity Award for their robot design.

The Atascadero team came in as an underdog and won the Regional!

Wow, what an great showing by our local teams. The other teams we were competing with had sponsorships from companies like NASA, JPS, and Disney but we showed them what a little Central Coast ingenuity and hard work can do.

With all the talk about teacher layoffs and budget cutbacks, an event like this showed me that we need to continue to support our future generation with life experiences like this.

I certainly see our kid’s future as being more important than widening 101 through Santa Maria to 6 lanes. Had anyone ever been in a traffic jam in Santa Maria when it was 4 lanes (not including an accident)?

We did sit in traffic on the 405. Taking about 40 minutes to go a couple miles on a Saturday afternoon is CRAZY! I am SO happy to be back home.

Also, is it my imagination or is Santa Barbara’s air quality getting a bit dirtier? When we drove through on Friday evening, it sure seemed like it.

Written by Keith Byrd - Go to Keith's Website/Profile