The St. Peter High School “Nordic Storm” robotics team is going to the national competition the second year in a row after winning the “Engineering Inspiration” award during the recent regional competition. The 25-student team constructed its own 120-pound robot for the competition, which this year involved robots shooting Frisbees through slots on 2 metal pyramids. The St. Peter team competed against 62 other teams in the regional competition, but was knocked out in the semi-finals. They’re going to Nationals, however, because the judges were “wowed” by their robot’s climbing ability. That won them the Engineering Inspiration award, allowing them to compete in the St. Louis, Missouri tournament at the end of April. The award also came with a $5,000 grant from NASA for the registration fee. The team now has to raise around $5,000 for trip expenses. A total of 17 St. Peter students will be going.