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APPLE STEM NETWORK ANNOUNCES EVENT

The Apple STEM Network is co-hosting a regional Robotics Tournament on Saturday, December 9 at Clovis Point Intermediate School in partnership with the Wenatchee Valley Museum. The free event is open to the public.

FIRST Lego League teams from throughout North Central Washington will compete in the new FIRST Lego Regional Robotics event.

Student teams from throughout the region have been developing individual robots based on the Lego EV3 Mindstorms system. The robots are designed and programmed to address specific challenges issued by FIRST Lego League national contest organizers. Teams also are judged on a research project related to a themed challenge. The research project is always based on a current world issue, and this year’s theme is Hydrodynamics, the Human Water Cycle. Judges also observe how the team members adhere to FIRST Lego League’s core values related to professionalism.

The event is presented in partnership with the Apple STEM Network, the Wenatchee Valley Museum, FIRST Washington, GWATA, the Rutherford Family, and the Eastmont School District. Chelan-Douglas School Retirees Association and the Alcoa Corporation are tournament sponsors.

The Apple STEM Network is a three-dimensional alliance of K-12, Higher Ed and community partners seeded at the confluence of the Wenatchee and Columbia rivers, including the cities of Cashmere, Wenatchee and East Wenatchee in Chelan and Douglas counties. We represent a diverse region with tremendous potential for STEM industry in agriculture, energies and innovation. With our collective efforts we intend to: provide a constructive support system for educators who aim to meet the rising challenge for all students to develop 21st century skills and STEM literacy, to integrate community mentorship and promote authentic project-based learning and field experiences for all levels of education, and engage students in exploring the world of opportunities on the horizon through STEM.

The North Central Educational Service District is a resource to the 29 districts within the four-county service area, providing professional and timely tools to meet the needs of individual schools and districts, and a reliable point of education-related information for the communities served. The NCESD is a respected resource to other ESDs throughout Washington State.