Youths get robots in working order

Cole Anderson does some adjustment on the fan that must move the balloon into a hoop during the competition. Photos supplied

FIRST Team 3038 held its summer camp at North Branch Area High School June 18-21.  New potential team members from both Chisago Lakes and North Branch spent four days designing, building, and programming competition-sized robots.  On the last day, the team competed with its robots by driving through an agility course and guiding a balloon into a hoop on the floor.  Experienced team members upgraded the 2012 Rebound Rumble robot to get it ready for competition at the Minnesota State Fair August 27.  The robot will be entered in the mechanical division and judged. It will be on display in the Education Building at the State Fair.  Team 3038 is a self-supporting program and exists because of a generous grant from the St. Jude Medical Foundation and the volunteer mentors who guide the team.  Anyone interested in joining the team next year should contact Becky Leuer at bleuer@northbranch.k12.mn.us.  Visit www.icerobotics.org, for more information. Team 3038 will graciously accept any donations to help the team.

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