Local Robotics Team Champions 12 Mar 14

A high school robotics team made up of students from St. Peter, Lake Crystal and Mankato won first place in a regional competition in Duluth over the weekend, and is now heading to the championship match in St. Louis next month. The Nordic Storm team of 19 students and 11 mentors, and their winning robot, the 4-foot-tall and 3-foot-wide “Odin” won in Duluth on Saturday by dunking a large exercise ball faster than the other student-driven robots. A total of 66 teams took part in the Lake Superior FIRST Robotics regional competition. FIRST, or “For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology” teams are recognized by the Minnesota State High School League. There are about 186 FIRST teams in Minnesota. In addition to preparing for the championship tournament in St. Louis in April, Nordic Storm also has an upcoming competition in Milwaukee and a Minnesota State High School League tournament in May. Nordic Storm practices at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, and is now also busy raising the $5,000 registration fee for the championship match.