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Robotics team competes at state

The Two Harbors Rock Solid Robotics team earned its way to the state competition last weekend after being ranked in the top 30 of almost 200 teams in the state of Minnesota.

They placed 16th in the competition at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, where their season ended. Since the competition was the same day as the Two Harbors High School prom, only the younger students could attend the matches.

“These younger team members had a chance to step into leadership roles and they worked extremely well under pressure,” said coach Lauren Burton, a teacher at Two Harbors High School. Science teacher Mark Schlangen is also a coach for the team.

The team of 17 students worked for six weeks during the winter to build a robot for the March regional competition in Duluth. FIRST, the organization behind robotics, ranked the teams after all the regionals and placed Two Harbors 12th in the state.

During this year’s competitions, their robot competed in alliances with two other robots to score goals using a large exercise ball on either end of a court, a space about half the size of a basketball court.

The team advanced to the Worlds Competition last year, its inaugural year.

The team is sponsored by in-kind and contributions from NASA, 3M, Cliffs, Duluth/Superior Area Community Foundation, Stanley/LaBounty, HDR Foundation, Hahn Machinery, Maher Trucking, Krech Ojard and Associates, North Shore Steel, Productivity, Co-Op Light and Power and Pure Driven.

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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