Area Youth Participate in International Robotics Competition

Gogebic Range Robotics: First Robotics Competition: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology

The Gogebic Range Robotics Team is made up of students from Hurley and Bessemer High Schools. The idea was to create a program that engaged young people from the region in an international robotics competition. Team members attended the kick-off event in Duluth, MN on January 7th. At this event a challenge was revealed to the team and they were given their team kit. The kit includes some of the key pieces involved in the challenge and some of the parts needed to create their robot. The teams were then given six weeks to create a bot that will accomplish at least a portion of the challenge. They are then required to pack up their creation and ship it off to the competition. – More information about First Robotics – 2017 First Robotics Challenge

Unlike other robotics competitions the First Robotics Competition requires teams to not only take parts and put them together, they are fabricating the parts in the Hurley shop classroom and creating a robot that will accomplish the challenge. There is no plan, no directions, only a challenge and a very lengthy rulebook that must be followed in order to be allowed to compete. The team worked from 3:30-7:30 each night after school to design, build and program their bot. They also tracked expenses and ordered additional pieces need to make their design a reality. Neil Klemme, Iron County UW Extension 4H Youth Development Educator, explained, “They are a rookie team just learning their way but I have watched some impressive problem solving, critical thinking and creativity as they have worked through the challenges that came up.”

If you would like to donate to the team they are beginning to fund raise for next year and prepare for the possibility of qualifying for the world competition in St. Louis later this spring.

Follow the team as they compete in Duluth March 2-4, 2017, through the live stream of the event:

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Thanks to contributions from local businesses, business leaders and community organizations they were able to raise enough money to cover all of the expenses for the team.

Extreme Tool Manufacturing
Hurley Education Foundation
Hurley School District
Mark Stephens
Ironwood Plastics
Xcel Energy
Ojibway Corrections Facility’s Staff
Iron County 4-H
Bretting Manufacturing