Hohokam students, Scottsdale PD host joint robot practice

A photo from the state competition last week (submitted photo)

A photo from the state competition last week (submitted photo)

The Scottsdale Police Department SWAT team will visit Hohokam Traditional School, 8451 E. Oak St. in Scottsdale, for robotics practice at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 13.

Robots are changing the ways that law enforcement personnel address dangerous situations, according to a press release. They are commonly used by tactical teams to clear buildings and secure packages. The Scottsdale Police department recognizes the use of robots as an important investigative tool.

On April 13, Hohokam students will have the opportunity to see the robots up close.

“The goal behind the visit is to allow students the opportunity to see robots in action and to help them realize practical applications for the robots in the community,” stated Chuck Rantala, principal of Hohokam Traditional School, in the release.

Third, fourth and fifth grade Hohokam robotics students recently won the Arizona VEX IQ Robotics State Championship Elementary Division and have their sights set on the 2016 VEX World competition in Louisville, Ky. later this month.

To learn more about Hohokam Traditional School robotics program, visit http://hohokam.susd.org or to learn about program offerings available within the Scottsdale Unified School District, visit www.susd.org.

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