Local robotics team shows off at State Fair

Team 3038 at the State Fair: Row 1: Brendan Mikkelson-NB, Araya Gamble-CL; Row 2: Dominic Huff-NB, Mentor Barb Cummings-NB, Mentor Becky Leuer-NB, Mentor Anne Lawrence-NB; Row 3: Mentor Tomy Cummings-NB, Max Hyslop-NB, Grant Hysop-NB, Mike Stephens-NB, Emily Lawrence-NB, Mentor Jon Gamble-CL, Elliot Courant-CL, Newell Fisk-NB, Mentor Scott Frischmon-NB, Mentor Tim Courant-CL, Mentor Ken Cummings-NB. Photos supplied

The Chisago Lakes-North Branch Robotics Team 3038 participated in a demonstration/competition at the Minnesota State Fair on Monday, August 27.

Each robot participated in seven different tasks ranging from shooting baskets, to parking, doing laps on the field.  Robots from four schools began the day at 10 a.m. and FIRST Team 3038 was one of only two robots able to complete all three exhibition events.

“It was a opportunity for our team members to show off their robot and a great experience for some of the younger team members to drive the robot since most of the seniors from the team were off to college and not available for the day,” commented mentor Becky Leuer.

Mike Stephens feeds basketballs to the robot during the demonstration and competition.

Team 3038 is also proud to announce that former team member Brian Erickson from Chisago Lakes has just accepted a NASA internship for fall semester at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

After applying for a summer internship and not hearing from them, he was very surprised to get a phone call in July offering him the opportunity.

Erickson said, “I have to believe my participation in FIRST Robotics has something to do with receiving this internship.”

He is junior engineering major at the University of Minnesota, and has been working in the physics lab and will be designing and drawing prototypes for NASA and then building them in the machine shop.

Mentor Scott Frischmon said, “NASA is a huge sponsor of FIRST Robotics and participation on a team opens many doors for students.”

Anyone interested in joining the robotics team for the 2013 season should contact Becky Leuer at bleuer@northbranch.k12.mn.us or pick up information the Activities Office at either high school.

The team begins meeting in the fall and the season officially kicks off the first Saturday in January.

The team is looking for high school girls and boys interested in expanding their world by learning about programming, animation, website design, drawing and mechanical design.  Team 3038 is funded through a grant from St. Jude Medical Foundation.

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