Robotics Practice Field Opens in Duluth

Created: February 22, 2020 08:26 PM

Dozens of Northland high school robotics teams now have a place to practice.

On Saturday, the Arrowhead Robotics Coalition held a grand opening for the new practice field in Duluth's Village Mall.

F.I. Salter donated the space for regional teams to practice for spring competitions.

The robotics teams previously didn't have dedicated practice fields.

"All of the sports teams have fields to practice on, and that's what makes them better. We haven't had that opportunity before, so to be able to have this space for us to use, to operate on, to be able to drive, it's such a valuable experience for us, and it's definitely going to help our team succeed at competitions," said Denfeld Nation Automation Business Captain Emma Natale.

The field is designed to simulate the competition planned for the state robotics tournament in May.

Organizers say it's something no individual team could've done on it's own.

"We have built and replicated the hanging mechanism that's used on the actual field. That took $1,000 in aluminum alone, plus about 100 hours of labor to build, and no team can afford to do that," said Doug Frisk of the Arrowhead Robotics Coalition.

This is the only Minnesota robotics practice field outside of Minneapolis. A state grant helped fund the project.  

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