Robotics team constructs robot for competition Feb. 16

The North Branch-Chisago Lakes FIRST Robotics Team 3038, sponsored by St. Jude Medical Foundation, is completing construction of the 2013 robot for the Ultimate Accent competition at the 10,000 Lakes Regional at the University of Minnesota.  The team will travel to Eagan Feb. 16 for a scrimmage.  The build season ends Feb. 19 and the team is not allowed to work on the robot until March 28 when it participates in the regional.

“The mentors and team members have been working 5 to 6 days a week to get the robot completed in time for the pre-ship scrimmage.  The scrimmage gives the team an opportunity to drive, shoot and practice the strategies of the game on a competition field,” said team leader Becky Leuer.

Mentor Ken Cummings commented, “It is always hectic this time of year, but it looks like we will have the robot nearly complete by Feb. 12, so we will have time to work the bugs out of the system before the scrimmage.  We have one additional task to complete, and that is adding a climber so the robot can raise itself off the floor for 10 bonus points at the end of the game.”

Team member Elliot Courant (CL) has been working on the climber design for the past four weeks, and the team hopes to add it to the robot prior to the end of the build season.

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