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Forest H’rs 4.0 go to Lego Robotics State Tournament

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Posted: Friday, January 25, 2013 6:00 am

The Forest H’rs competed in the Lego Robotics regional tournament Dec. 8 in Northome Minn. The Forest H’rs received a gold medal and a trip to the state tournament to be held in St. Paul on Feb. 2.

The team is comprised of Sam Skaar, Evan David and Stewart Savela and coached by Gordy Skaar. They are sponsored by Itasca County 4-H, and Itasca Community College Engineering.

The teams are challenged to complete a research project and 5 minute presentation as well as programming a robot to do simple tasks based on a yearly theme. This year, “Senior Solutions” was the theme. Teams were challenged to adopt a senior and develop a solution to make senior citizens more active in the community. The 11 teams had to compete for the top two places which make it to state. The teams advancing are the Forest H’rs 4.0 and Automation Nation of Grand Rapids. The Forest H’rs performed reasonably well in the programming portion tying for fourth but made up points by performing exceptionally in the other categories.

The team presented their research project to Kristi Kane, executive director of ElderCircle of Grand Rapids and her staff members.

Teams will be judged on skill of the robot, their research and oral interviews with judges on their knowledge of programming, robot mechanics, record keeping, and team work.

For more info on 4-H in Itasca County, or robotics for next year, contact the University of Minnesota Extension at 327-7486.

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