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Tristan Backes, 10, of Hermiston, adds final touches to his robot on Aug. 4, 2022, at the STARBASE Academy at Camp Umatilla. The Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program recently received a Wildhorse Foundation grant that will help reduce financial barriers for students to participate in several Northeastern Oregon counties.

A statewide nonprofit organization that supports multiple robotics teams and tournaments across Oregon recently received a $9,000 Wildhorse Foundation grant that is earmarked for several Eastern Oregon counties.

Interim Executive Director Beth Hutchins of the Oregon Robotics Tournament & Outreach Program said in a press release the funds will help reduce financial barriers for students involved in its programs in Morrow, Umatilla, Union and Wallowa counties. The robotics organization’s mission is to welcome, engage, educate and inspire Oregon’s youth and their diverse communities through robotics programs.

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Tammy Malgesini has worked as a community reporter/columnist for EO Media Group since 2006. She earned a psychology/sociology degree from George Fox College. In her spare time, Tammy enjoys spending time with her husband and two German shepherds.

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