CRYSTAL FALLS, Mich. – Three seventh grade students from Crystal Falls are headed to Anaheim, Calif., to compete in the VEX Gateway world robotics championship, according to The Iron County Reporter. The Forest Park students earned their spot in the championship by placing first in a regional tournament and will be one of 320 teams in this year’s competition.
The team built its robot as an extra-curricular activity, using Erector Set-like parts and a programmable microprocessor. According to The Reporter, the robot must be able to compete in a series of games as well as place balls into goals of different heights. The robot must also be able to operate autonomously for a 20-second period, guided only by a program written by the students.
According to The Reporter, the student team is being sponsored by several local businesses and community organizations.
The Iron County Reporter, “Robotics team heads to world championship,” April 10, 2012
Michigan Education Report, “Stockbridge students use underwater robot to search for remains,” March 26, 2012