Robotics team back in action

These students demonstrate the shooter in action. Photo supplied
These students demonstrate the shooter in action. Photo supplied

The 2013 North Branch-Chisago Lakes FIRST Robotics Team 3038 is back in action.

After receiving the game challenge in early January, the 23 students on the team and eight mentors have been meeting five to six times per week to build a robot to play Frisbee. The name of the challenge is ultimate ascents and is played by two competing alliances on a flat, 27-by-54 foot field.

Each alliance consists of three robots, and they compete to score as many discs (frisbees) into their goals as they can during a two-minute-and-fifteen-second match. At the end of the match, teams are allowed to climb a pyramid for bonus points. For a video animation of the challenge, visit the RC YouTube channel. The channel includes the game animation, video tour of the field, and other kickoff videos.

“This is a difficult challenge as it is every year.  There is a reason FIRST Robotics is called sport of the mind” said Team Leader Becky Leuer.”

FIRST Team 3038 is a self funded program and made possible by a grant from St. Jude Medical Foundation.  This year the team was also able to secure some additional funding from PTC as well as through fundraising.  If anyone is interested in donating to the team, please contact either school.

“We are very excited to offer this engineering opportunity to students at both high schools.  This activity gives them real world experiences that will give them an advantage in getting accepted to post secondary institutions as well as the work place.  A good example of this is when one of our past team members was offered an internship at NASA this past fall in part because of his involvement in this program,” commented Team Leader Scott Frischmon.

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