The North Branch-Chisago Lakes FIRST Robotics Team 3038 competed in the 10,000 Lakes Regional at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota over the weekend. After passing inspection and fine-tuning the robot Thursday, Team 3038 began competition Friday with five qualifying matches, finishing the day with a 4-1 record and in 12th place.
Saturday morning, Team 3038 began the qualifying rounds with another win and then experienced problems with the robot controller. A quick trip to Target by mentor Scott Frischmon and team member Dominic Hufford to purchase a new X-box controller solved that problem and the robot finished the qualifying rounds in 14th place. At the conclusion of the qualifying rounds, the top eight teams draft alliance partners for the elimination rounds leading to the championship matchup. Team 3038 was selected by the fourth ranked team from Tartan High School and joined the team from Nevis High School to make up the fourth place alliance and began quarterfinal rounds Saturday afternoon. In the elimination rounds, the alliance must win two out of three games to advance. Team 3038 and their alliance partners won in two straight to advance to the semi-finals. After dropping their first semi-final game, Team 3038 and their partners from Tartan and Nevis finished their next game in a 100-100 point tie and lost in a tiebreaker to complete their competition for the day. “We feel very good about how we did in this competition,” mentor Scott Frischmon, North Branch Area High School Industrial Technology teacher, said.