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April 2, 2013

St. Peter robotics team bound for national tournament

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“Climbing that pyramid, that ended up being very, very, very difficult,” said senior Daniel Halvorson. “We spent our whole season doing it.”

Halvorson said the team built the components and tested them separately, so about mid-season when they put it all together and watched the robot climb for the first time, it was “just magical.”

During the competition, Ratatoskr cruised up to the pyramid, secured itself onto one of the metal bars, pulled itself to the top of the structure, and placed the Frisbee in the goal. No other robots at the competition did that, Johnson said, which “dazzled the judges.”

“Other teams were able to climb, but none of the other teams were able to climb and put Frisbees up there,” she said.

Every year competitors receive only some of the parts to build a robot and a rules manual for the competition. How the robots are designed, how they accomplish tasks to score points and how they are programmed are left to students.

The 25-member team now has to raise about $5,000 for the St. Louis trip expenses; 17 students are going on the trip.

 

  Anyone interested in sponsoring the team can call Johnson at 995-9551 or email djohnso@gustavus.edu. Visit nordicstorm.org to make a donation or for more information.

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