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Agate Robotics preparing for Worlds

The Agate Robotics team is making steady progress toward meeting its fundraising goals. They're seeking funds to help defray travel costs for the team's trip to St. Louis for the world competition. News-Chronicle file photo

The Agate Robotics team had to ship its robot to St. Louis in the days after the Duluth competition--no improvements are allowed between the regional and world competition--but the team is still plenty busy with fundraising efforts.

The Agates pulled off a true Cinderella story at the regional competition in Duluth last month. As a first-year team, they impressed the judges enough during competition to receive the rookie award and get a spot at the World Competition in St. Louis, Mo.

Preceding the announcement of the team having won the Rookie All-Star

"Award, this was read:

With a bot as short as a roll

On a case with more than one hole

It dumps Frisbees cleanly and defends the most keenly

A rock solid bot climbs the pole!

When all was said and done,

Their composits were second to none.

Their team has great rising stock,

These Rookies are solid as rock!

The Rookie All-Star Award celebrates a first-year team demonstrating an early but strong partnership effort, implementing the mission of FIRST. Its winner understands what FIRST is really trying to accomplish and realizes that technical work is fun and challenging, made better by building a partnership among team, community and school. This is not an easy challenge for a rookie team but the Judges want to recognize and award one team that got it right.

The Rookie All-Star Award is presented to Team #4656: Rock Solid Robotics," the announcement concluded.

With its sights set on St. Louis, the team is capitalizing on its relationships with local businesses and individuals to raise money for their trip. According to adviser Lauren Burton, the team is about halfway to its fundraising goal.

More information:

Upcoming robotics fundraising events

• April 10-12: Bake Sale Fundraiser at the Two Harbors Federal Credit Union during normal business hours.

• April 13: Robotics students bagging groceries at Super One in Two Harbors for donations.

Ongoing: Raffle for one-night stay in a five-bedroom executive

suite at Superior Shores with dinner prepared by the chef at the lodge, $10 per ticket; Granite Gear totes for sale, $10 each, with all proceeds to robotics; Castle Danger Brewery selling Wimpy, a light golden lager, with all proceeds to robotics

Mail donations to ISD 381, 1640 Highway 2, Two Harbors. Put Robotics in memo line.

LaReesa Sandretsky
LaReesa Sandretsky is a Two Harbors High School graduate and Duluth native who began working at the News-Chronicle in 2012 as a reporter. She took over as editor in 2014. She covers County Board, including the Lake County broadband project.
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