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FIRST Robotics Team 3313 comes out on top at Duluth meet

Students on the robotics team include (back, left to right) Andrew Roth, Jordan Roatch (alumni mentor), Karl Santelman, Thomas Pederson, Dalton Myhr (alumni mentor), Allen Odden (alumni mentor), Dan Floding (mentor), Carson Stowe (alumni mentor), Lacey Werman, Jeremy Bydlon (head coach), Brooklyn Krohnfeldt, (middle) Heidi Larson, Kacy McCormick, Alicia Krohnfeldt, Jade Blaydes, (front) Thor the robot, Bryce Klang and Tyler Floding. (Contributed)

The FIRST Robotics team from Jefferson High School (JHS) in Alexandria, Team 3313 Mechatronics, hammered the competition in a recent meet in Duluth. Using its unique swinging hammer design, the team was able to finish qualifications in first place and make it to the finals of the Lake Superior Regional.

FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) tasks teams of students, who work with mentors and businesses from their community, to build a robot for a game that FIRST announces and changes each year. Students have a six-week build period, a rulebook and a budget to build the robot.

Robots this year were tasked with passing a 24” exercise ball to each other and then launching it into a goal that is six feet in the air. All teams build different robots to accomplish these tasks. Catapults, pistons and many other mechanisms were used.

FIRST Robotics Team 3313 decided on a swinging hammer design. The robot is named Thor after the superhero with a hammer.

At the Lake Superior Regional, Team 3313 was awarded the Excellence in Engineering Award. This award celebrates an elegant and advantageous robot design.

The design was created and built by JHS students with the assistance of Dan Floding from Douglas Machine and Mike Gilbertson from Massman Automation Designs.

Bryce Klang, a senior on the team and driver of the robot, said, “There were no safe zones, so teams played very tough defense.” The skill of Team 3313’s drive team was essential to its success at the competition in Duluth.

Team 3313 Mechatronics and the robot Thor will be at the Student Showcase on Thursday, March 20 at Discovery Middle School and also at The Empty Bowls Project on Tuesday, March 25 at JHS.

Team 3313 will compete again in the 10,000 Lakes Regional at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities at Williams Arena Thursday through Saturday, March 27-29. Admission is free.

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