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Building a Robot: Port Students Offer Sneak Peek at Team Efforts

Port PiraTech Robotics team hosting an open house on Monday at Port Washington High School.

As the counter ticks away with 17 days and hours remaining for the Port High School Robotics team to completely finish building their robot — another important date for the team is more quickly approaching.

The Port PiraTech Robotics team is hosting an open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday in Room 423 of the High School.

"Come see what we've been up to and where your support has taken us so far!" the flier for the event says.

The Port PiraTech robotics team formed at Port Washington High School for the first time ever this year. They meet from 6 to 10 p.m. four nights a week, and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturdays; they have until Feb. 19 to build the robot for a competition to be held in March.

The robots cannot cost more than $4,000, FIRST Robotics volunteer Jim Valasek said, with no individual component costing more than $400. The Port PiraTech team has raised $3,000 through fundraising efforts.

The team is comprised of more than 30 students, and was launched after students started saying they were interested.

Follow the team's updates on the website run by the groups media sector, and learn more about the FIRST program on Patch.

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