DALLAS -- The Dallas High School robotics team added another highlight to an exceptional first year by receiving a $5,467 grant from the Engineering CoacHing And Mentoring Program (eCHAMP).
The grant is through the Oregon University System and the Engineering and Technology Industry Council.
The team, which qualified to compete at the First Tech Challenge state tournament last month, will use the grant to pay for additional materials and a stipend for coach Lee Jones.
State-level competition proved to be tough, and the Cyber Drakes placed 23rd among 24 teams. The rookie team doesn't consider that a disappointment, but rather good experience to build on for next year, Jones said.
The eCHAMP grant will help the team grow, providing $4,000 to buy parts for a second robot so two Dallas
teams can compete.
"It will also be used to purchase a competition playing field so that we can practice and scrimmage on an actual field, instead of on the linoleum in my classroom shooting into cardboard boxes," Jones wrote in an e-mail.
The remaining $1,467 will be a stipend for Jones.