The robots will roam on March 30 at West Hills College Coalinga as part of the 1st Annual MESA/Chevron Robotics Challenge. Sponsored by Chevron and hosted by WHCC MESA Program, the challenge will welcome students from Avenal High School, Coalinga High School and Mendota High School to campus.
The event is free to all participating students and parents and will be held on March 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the West Hills College Coalinga Gym.
“Students will design, build and program an autonomous vehicle that will travel predestined path and encounter various ‘obstacles’ as they travel, testing each school teams’ engineering skills and design.” said Zachary Soto, Director of MESA at WHCC. “Our goal is to enrich the minds of our surrounding high school students and show how fun science is!”
Chevron is sponsoring this inaugural event.
“Chevron is proud to partner with West Hills College for the first Chevron/MESA Robotics Challenge,” said Megan Lopez, Chevron Public Affairs Representative. “We hope that through this great event, students will find the fun in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math) and that it will inspire students to pursue STEM education and careers.”
Approximately 30 to 40 students from the three local high schools will compete in a series of 3 “robotic skills” tests. The freshmen will compete against sophomores while the juniors compete against seniors. Each team will consist of 3 to 5 members and the winner will receive a trophy.
The community is also welcome to attend to watch the competition.