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Feb 09th

Henry, Washburn robotics teams to compete at championship

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Students from Minneapolis Patrick Henry and Washburn high schools on April 27-30 will compete at the international FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Championship in St. Louis, MO. The event will bring together 352 qualifying teams made up of 8,800 high school students from Australia, Canada, Israel, Mexico and the United States.

The Washburn Millerbots won the Minnesota Northstar Regional Robotics Competition to advance to the national competition. This marks the Millerbots’ third regional win in the past four years. The Millerbots created unique business partnerships in the community and forged a connection with the Minnesota High Tech Association. Students on the robotics team were also engaged in an e-mentoring program with Target Corporation to develop leadership skills and awareness of IT careers.

The Henry Herobotics advanced to nationals after winning the Chairman’s Award at the Minnesota FIRST 10,000 Lakes Regional. The Chairman’s Award is FIRST’s highest honor and recognizes a team that exemplifies the values of FIRST. The Herobotics placed fifth out of 41 teams at the Minnesota FIRST Lake Superior Regional, where the team also won the Gracious Professional Award and the Safety Award. The Herobotics have qualified for national competition three of the last four years.

The FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) stages short games played by robots that are designed and built in six weeks from a common set of parts by a team of high-school-aged young people and a handful of engineer-mentors. The students program and remotely control the robots in competition rounds. Judges evaluate teams and present awards for design, technology, sportsmanship and commitment to FIRST. The competition season begins in early January and continues through April.

In the 2011 competition, LOGO MOTION, two alliances of three teams will compete on a 27-by-54-foot field with poles, attempting to earn points by hanging as many triangle, circle and square logo pieces as possible. Bonus points will be earned for each robot that can hang and assemble logo pieces to form the FIRST logo. Robots can also deploy Mini-Bots to climb vertical poles for a chance to earn additional points.

FIRST was founded in 1989 to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology. Based in Manchester, NH, the 501 (c) (3) not-for-profit public charity designs accessible, innovative programs that motivate young people to pursue education and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math, while building self-confidence, knowledge and life skills.


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