Robotics team members honored at banquet

Front row: Marjorie Otto, Araya Gamble; second row: Alex Peka, Branden Heidelberger; standing: Stephanie Babou, Josh Kloos, Shawn Herubin, Zach Radford, Carl Fisk, Josh Magnuson and Andy Lawrence. Photo supplied

The 2012 FIRST Robotics Team 3038 held its end-of-season banquet.  Team members recognized for accomplishments included Josh Magnuson (CL) for drawing the robot in CAD, Branden Heidelberger (NB) for being the Safety Captain and spearheading the team’s award-winning efforts to win the safety award, and Marjorie Otto (NB) for her work on the website.

Other seniors recognized for their efforts on the team included Stephanie Babou for marketing and scouting and Alex Peka for his willingness to work on any project that needed attention.

Finally, three seniors were recognized for their participation on the team since it began in 2009.

They were Araya Gamble (CL) for her work on electrical and the drive team, Carl Fisk (NB) for his ideas, drive team membership, and recruiting of new team members, and Andy Lawrence (NB) for his mechanical ability.

Other senior team members included Shawn Herubin (NB), Josh Kloos (NB), Logan Lange (CL) Zach Radford (NB).

“This group of seniors really shaped the program for the future especially those who have been in the program since its infancy,” commented mentor Becky Leuer. “As mentors, we cannot thank them enough for the time they have given the program over their careers.”

Team members were awarded Certificates of Participation, Letters, and Safety Pins for their efforts during the season.  Returning team members will include Elliot Courant (CL), Jordan Duffy (CL), Newell Fisk (NB), Jake Hatle (NB), Noah Hubbard (NB), Grant Hyslop (NB), Max Hyslop (NB), Alyssa Johnson (NB), Emily Lawrence (NB), Angi McDonnell (NB), Makkena Pascavage (NB), Noah Rockenback (CL), Sam Schefers (CL), Nicole Schmitz (CL), and Mike Stephens (NB).

Team mentor Scott Frischmon singled out seniors Steph Babou, Araya Gamble, and Marjorie Otto for their contributions to the team by saying “these young ladies are great examples of the all inclusive nature of robotics.

“It’s not just for guys and we need some girls to fill in the gaps the three leave as they graduate. We have a great group of mentors who will teach you what you need to know.  All you have to do is show up.”

Robotics camp offered this summer

FIRST Robotics Team 3038 representing North Branch and Chisago Lakes Area School Districts will be having a summer camp from Monday, June 18- Thursday, June 21, at the North Branch Area High School.  The camp is open to students from both school districts entering grades 9-12 in the 2012-2013 school year.  Camp will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. each day.

At the camp, students will design, build, program, and compete against other robots built during camp.  There is also an advanced track for more experienced team members who will re-design the 2012 robot to get it ready for the State Fair competition and work with pneumatics.

Not interested in only building a robot?  Sessions will also be held on marketing, website design, and animation.

For more information about the camp, contact Scott Frischmon ([email protected], Becky Leuer ([email protected]) or information can be picked up at the Activities Office at both schools.



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