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Community Connection: Lessons in Robotics

A wooden box next to a grey section of floor, two wheeled robots wait inside, controls rest on the box
Luke Moravec

Students Lily and Maddie have been involved in robotics for years. "I got involved in third grade," says Maddie. For Lily, it started even earlier. "My kindergarten teacher... invited everyone to [a robotics] open house."

Being a member of a robotics team involves designing and building, as well as executing a task set forth at the beginning of the season. This year's challenge was to build a robot that could stack cones. "We've never had to build a robot that had to extend this high before," says Lily. The style chosen by the group was unique among other teams.

Possibly overlooked in robotics is the value beyond the competition. "It is a competition, but they also want to see us being gracious professionals and... forging relationships with teams," says Maddie. "Robotics is really setting up a lot of kids for a great future."

Two people sit at a table in front of laptops
Luke Moravec
Maddie along with robotics coach Patrick Mulcahy
Young girl in read hoodie smiles in front of a square grey floor scattered with yellow upright poles
Luke Moravec
Lily in front of the field of competition

Luke Moravec is the host for Northland Morning on The North 103.3. He’s also a local actor, musician and writer. He loves puzzles, riddles and fun mysteries.
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