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Local robotics team builds robot to climb and shoot frisbees


ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)- The organization "FIRST" has been in existence since 1989, filling the lives of students around the world with opportunities in the fields of science and technology. Rochester students have taken advantage of those opportunities at all grade levels, and for students in high school, one team is hoping to, literally, climb to the top.

Get a robot to climb? No problem.

Toss a frisbee? Sure.

What's the catch? They have only six weeks to do it.

It is a task that some may see as inconceivable, but these students embrace that term proudly. In fact, that is the name of their team.

"I spent probably 30 hours here last weekend working on it," explains team member Nick Davis. "A lot of people work about 100 hours during the six weeks."

Students from John Marshall, Lourdes, Mayo and Century all come together to be a part of the FIRST Robotics Competition.

"We try to help each other build this robot, because obviously this robot can't be built by one person alone," says team member Ray Zhang.

When you hear the word "robot" you think of metal, but this team takes a different approach. Their robots are made of wood.

"Our idea is that we work in a wood shop, wood is easy to fix, easy to modify," says Davis, "so we might as well use it."

They have a recent history of success, including last year when their robot could shoot hoops with great accuracy. More than 50 kids are involved with the team, and membership is growing.

"All of us at some level aspire to be some kind of engineer," says Zhang. "Building this robot allows us to learn the various constructions, wiring and interactions required for engineering."

Future engineers, all coming from having some fun with a robot made in the wood shop.

Team Inconceivable will be heading up to Duluth on March 7th and then to Milwaukee, Wisconsin on March 22nd to see how their robot stacks up against other schools and their projects.

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