High School Robotics Teams Meet as FIRST Robotics Competition Kicks Off

Created: January 04, 2020 10:58 PM

Several robotics teams from the area came to the UMD campus to prepare for a robot challenge that will happen in a few weeks.


The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) community came together to watch a livestream of the "Infinite Recharge" challenge. While local teams gathered together, this is part of a wider event happening across the country.

"This kind of our biggest event of our season and one of our most important things we can do," said Alex Risdal, Duluth East Team 2512. "Hosting it is really cool because we get to meet with all of these other teams and talk with them about their strategy and we get a lot of different opinions."

Teams will have eight weeks to construct a robot for the competition that was revealed today, along with its rules. While many students on the teams construct the robots, there are many other roles team members can fill.

"I never thought i would want to do robotics until i found out there was a whole other side to the team," said Annalise Broman, Duluth East Team 2512. "And you can use all kinds of different skills such as business planning, strategizing, using media and technology to reach out to people."

Teams are made up of students between the ages of 14 to 18. Some of the teams today also came from Duluth Marshall, Babbit, Esko, Carlton, and Cloquet. 

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