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High school robotics program gets boost from BASF

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GONZALES - A group of high school robotics experts are getting a big boost thanks to BASF.

The chemical company donated $5,000 to Ascension Parish's robotics team to assist with building their next big invention.

The program is part of the Technology Center of Excellence housed at East Ascension High School. That center offers programs including courses in digital graphics, animation, computer science, web design, and digital media. 

The team built a frisbee-throwing robot as part of the FIRST Robotics Competition this year.

"It's our design, we get to do all of the programming, all of the mechanical work, of course our teachers help us, but it's really our project, our baby," said Jessica Landry, a senior in the program.

The money isn't the only donation from BASF, the company promised 'brain-power' as well, with specialized engineers volunteering time to help the team.

"They helped us get into the competition and they're gonna help us get through it too, I feel like they're helping us a ton, developing new ideas for the competition," said Hunter Ordeneaux, a member of the team.

The program is still looking for more students who would like to participate and any high school student in the parish can join. Contact David Branton for more details at david.branton@apsb.org or at 225-937-8761.

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