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BEA Robotics team places 12th at VEX Competition

By Staff | Jan 11, 2015

The Blue Earth Area Robotics team is at it again.

The group recently took 12th place at the Southern Minnesota Dream It, Do It, VEX?Robotics Competition; but that is just the beginning of what they will be doing this school year.

The VEX competition was held on Dec. 13 in Albert Lea and 10 of the 14 BEA?Robotics team members participated in this event.

“We had nine qualification rounds playing the game Skyrise, which determined our placement,”?coach Laura Becker said.

The object of the game Skyrise was to obtain a higher score than the opposing alliance by scoring your own colored cubes in the goals or on posts.

The teams are put into different alliances, and those alliances will work together during the various games in the competitions.

Placing 12th in the Albert Lea competition seems to bode well for the team as they continue in the season.

“We have another VEX?competition coming up on Saturday, in Mason City,” Becker said. “We will be playing the same game (Skyrise).”

They are hoping by participating in the last event, they will be able to go into the Mason City VEX Competition with a little additional experience.

After that, the Robotics team will get to work building yet another robot for a different competition later this winter.

“We went to the kick-off event this past Saturday (Jan. 3) to hear about the USFIRST?competition,”?Becker added.

While the team was there, they received their kit of parts and can begin building from that kit.

“We have six weeks to build that robot and will compete on Feb. 25 and 26,” the coach explained.

The USFIRST?competition will take place in Duluth and is sponsored by a company called FIRST which stands for ‘For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.’

According to their website, they were founded to inspire young people’s interest and participation in science and technology.

The goal of the BEA?robotics team is similar, which is why they have been actively participating in competitions this year.