Grossmont College to host robotics tournament

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

A robotics tournament for elementary and middle school students will be held at Grossmont College on Saturday, Nov. 3. Sixteen teams, each with eight participants in fourth through ninth grade, will compete in the tournament organized by East County Robotics Alliance, a local nonprofit group. The public is invited to watch the robot matches from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at the college’s Health and Sciences Complex, Building #34. Admission is free.
Cory Hoover, founder of East County Robotics Alliance, said the tournament will consist of three competitive aspects, including robot design, research and adherence to core values. The core values include teamwork, working to find solutions, learning together, the spirit of friendly competition, discovery is more important than winning, sharing experiences, gracious professionalism and fun. Hoover said the entrants will be asked to develop innovative solutions designed to improve the lives of senior citizens, including assistance with daily tasks, transportation or any other challenges seniors face.
Volunteers are needed as judges, timekeepers, scorekeepers and to assist with set-up and tear-down. To volunteer, contact Michael Reese, Grossmont College’s dean of the Mathematics, Natural Sciences, Exercise Science and Wellness Division at or (619) 644-7163, or Hoover at or (619) 403-9268. More information about the tournament is available at
The top teams from the qualifying tournament at Grossmont College will advance to the Southern California regional competition on Dec. 1 and 2 at the Legoland California theme park in Carlsbad. The qualifying tournament is sponsored by FIRST LEGO League, an international non-profit organization designed to get children excited about science and technology. FIRST is an acronym for “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.”