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Two Harbors Robo Dweebs Head to State Competition

Updated: February 20, 2020 08:01 PM

Walking into the technology lab at Two Harbors High School, one will find countless lego’s. For the Robo Dweebs, these serve as building blocks to reach new heights. The newest of the group’s accomplishments is earning a spot at the state’s First Lego League Tournament Saturday.

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“We are a first lego league robotics team and our program has been in existence for seven years,” Jenna Udenberg, Head Coach of Robo Dweebs said. “We have a team of five this year and it spans from the ages of 6th grade through eighth grade.”

The students are one of 66 groups competing and they are absolutely stoked to show off their skillset.

“I’ve always liked to solve problems and robotics is a good way to help express that,” Alex Stone, member of the team said. “I mainly write the presentations and interviewing documents—things like that and basically get us ready for our project.”

At the competition, students will be judged on a variety of activities. First, they must program and design a Lego robot. From here, they must be able to talk about its abilities.

“They get judged in technical design and also their programming and then they also do an innovative project,” Udenberg said.

Additionally, students must present a solution for a problem that they identified in their community.

“This year, they are working on a solution to make inaccessible fire escapes more accessible to people with mobility disabilities,” Udenberg said.

Students said they hoped to solve this problem by installing stair winches in buildings. These would bring people to a central floor with a fire escape module that would zip line them out safely.

“It’s kind of fun hearing everybody else’s ideas and how they’re thinking about it and the different ways everybody else thinks,” Padmé Bata, member of the team said. “People start throwing out different ideas and then you come up with your own ideas until you come up with an idea together as a team.”

Finally, students must showcase good teamwork and character.

“It’s amazing that they choose to use their time to better themselves, to better their community and to really embrace who they are and what Two Harbors is about,” Udenberg said.

Three of the 66 teams competing Saturday will be selected to move to the World Championship taking place in Detroit in April.

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