Robotics team tests creation at invitational

Jeremy Bastyr (CL) positioning the robot to start the game. Photo supplied
Jeremy Bastyr (CL) positioning the robot to start the game. Photo supplied

The North Branch-Chisago Lakes FIRST Robotics Team 3038 joined 24 other teams last Saturday at the Blue Twilight Zero Week Invitational at Eagan High School to test the robot and see how it performed on the field.  The build season ended Feb. 19, and the robot was bagged and set aside until the regional competition March 28, 29 and 30 at the University of Minnesota.

“It has been a crazy six weeks with the team designing, drawing, building, programming, and testing the robot 5 to 6 days a week and most Saturdays,” mentor Becky Leuer said.  “We are very pleased with how the robot performed at the scrimmage and excited for the competition.”

Team 3038 student members this year are:

From North Branch:  Newell Fisk, Jake Hatle, Dominic Hufford, Alyssa Johnson, Emily Lawrence, Alex Lesmann, Brendan Mikkelsen, Jessica Olmstead, Sam Peterson, Tyler Rogers, Mike Stephens, Amanda Studt and Brycen Vilmain.

From Chisago Lakes: Jeremy Bastyr, Justin Bastyr, Elliot Courant, Jordan Duffy, Noah Froberg, Jenna Frost, Riley Frost, Nick Rockenback, Noah Rockenback and Jacob Schwelling.

The team is currently working on its application for the Chairman’s Award.

“This is the highest award given by FIRST and the first time Team 3038 is applying for this award,” said mentor Anne Lawrence, who is working with the marketing committee to complete this project.  “It’s a pretty big undertaking, but our committee has worked very hard to get this done.  The last thing we have to do is make a 3-minute video about our team, and we are tackling that this week.”

For more information about the team, check out or find Team 3038 on Facebook.

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