Robotics team finishes a successful season at state

Emma Schildgen (CL), Justin Bastyr (CL), scout captain Nick Rockenback (CL), and Newell Fisk (NB). Photos supplied

Emma Schildgen (CL), Justin Bastyr (CL), scout captain Nick Rockenback (CL), and Newell Fisk (NB).
Photos supplied

The Chisago Lakes-North Branch FIRST Robotics Team 3038 participated in the Minnesota State High School League State Tournament May 18 at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota. Thirty teams out of the 207 teams in Minnesota qualified for the state tournament.  The growth of robotics programs in the state has been exponential. In 2006, there were only two teams; 16 in 2007; 54 in 2008; 81 in 2009; 105 in 2010; 131 in 2011; 153 in 2012; 180 in 2013; and 207 teams in 2014. Team 3038 started in 2009 and is in its sixth year of existence.

The team entered the competition ranked 10th and after competing in nine qualifying matches finished with a record of 6-3 and ranked seventh. Teams compete in a randomly drawn 3-robot alliance against another alliance. Team 3038 started out strong by winning its first two matches before dropping the third. The team came back strong in match four with a 268-63 victory and recorded the highest score of the day of any alliance at the tournament. The remaining five matches saw the team alternating wins and losses, finishing with a close 122-119 win to end the day at 6-3 and ranked seventh.

The top four teams then drafted teams to form three team alliances for the championship round.

“We were disappointed that we didn’t get selected to part of one of the championship alliances, but at the end of the day we just didn’t have enough offensive power to advance. We focused on defense, and that got us to the state tournament and that, in itself, was quite an accomplishment,” team leader Scott Frischmon said.

John Rainer (NB) and Tyler Klug (NB) With nine matches in five hours, keeping the batteries charged is an important task.

John Rainer (NB) and Tyler Klug (NB) With nine matches in five hours, keeping the batteries charged is an important task.

Becky Leuer, Team Leader, also commented that this is the second year the team qualified for the MSHSL state tournament and last year finished ranked 22nd.

“We are certainly pleased with the team’s performance this year and improvement over last year. The state tournament has only been held for three years, and to qualify twice lets us know we are doing things right,” she said.

The team will be hosting a summer camp for students attending North Branch or Chisago Lakes Area High Schools.  It will be held 8 a.m.  3 p.m. June 23-26. Students interested in attending should contact Becky Leuer at bleuer@northbranch.k12.mn.us or pick up registration forms in the Activities Office at either school.  Leuer added that the camp is offered free of charge thanks to team sponsors St. Jude Medical Foundation and Novaspect.

Team 3038 is a self funded program and will be working the brat stand at County Market June 13, 14 and15.  Stop by to see the robots, grab something to eat and support the team.

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