North Branch Area Public Schools now has three FIRST Tech Challenge teams for seventh and eighth grade students. The teams formed in September and have been busy building their robots to hang from a bar, raise a flag, and pick up 2-inch by 2-inch blocks as well as develop a team nickname and logo.
“It is awfully exciting to see these students engaged in this activity; their creativity and problem solving skills are certainly evident,”
commented team leader Becky Leuer.
The team received two grants from the North Branch Technology Department and one grant from Lakes State Credit Union. Each of the grants was just over $1,000 and was used to purchase the equipment and parts needed to participate. “We are very excited to have three teams, and when Lakes State awarded us the third grant, we made the decision to have one team all girls,” Leuer said. Teams will be competing on three separate dates so they do not have to compete against each other. Mentor Ken Cummings built a competition field that is located in the Education Center. All mentors are volunteer and also include Tomy Cummings, Ursula Scheele, Jenel Korkowski, Rich Peaslee, Joel McPherson, Jason Johnson, and Tony Williams. The three teams are: Team 7288, RoboGlaciers, Team 7289, Genius, Team 7290, JagWires.