The newcomers competed at the regional FIRST Robotics competition — an international high school robotics competition — in Duluth two weeks ago against 60 other teams. They received the rookie all-star award, which means they have a ticket to the national competition at the end of April.
“A lot of first-year teams are just lucky to get it to drive; we were excited to have a robot that worked pretty well,” said the team’s coach, Chris Otterness, noting the rookie all-star designation is awarded to a team that shows promise.
The team started its six-week build of the robot in January, incorporating engineering and computer science concepts, to design, construct and operate a robot. They also learn the computer system functions that control the robot’s sensory feedback and information processing.
The 27-person team was pulled together after Otterness, a KM High School engineering
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