February 23, 2012 at 8:20 a.m.
FIRST Team 3038 from Chisago Lakes and North Branch, schools competed in a scrimmage with their robot Saturday, February 18, at Eagan High School. After spending the morning getting the robot in working order, the team was able to participate in two rounds of competition. The challenge for the 2012 season is "Rebound Rumble" and the team is proud to report the robot was able to put the basketball through the hoop on their first attempt.
The robot design is very different from the other robots at the scrimmage because, instead of being tall, 3038 is very compact, fast, and agile. The team spent Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday putting the finishing touches on the robot and then locked it up February 21. According to Mentor Scott Frischmon, a Technology Education teacher at North Branch Area Public Schools "The team has worked hard and built a robot we feel will be very competitive in March."
Team 3038 is not allowed to work on the robot again until the 10,000 Lakes Regional held in Williams Arena on the U of M campus on March 29, 30, and 31. First Team 3038 is funded through a grant from St. Jude Medical Foundation.
The robotics competition is a Minnesota State High School League sanctioned activity. Minnesota has the fourth largest state contingent of teams in the nation. The MSHL expects over 120 teams to compete in March at the regionals.
FIRST is a 501 C-3 non profit based in New Hampshire, that was founded by inventor Dean Kamen. The program celebrated its 20th competitive season in 2011.
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology(FIRST)builds science, engineering and technology skills throughout a network of public and private schools, while also instilling confidence, leadership and teamwork in its participants.