Concordia Academy robotics teams take honors at tournament

One of three tournament finalists, team 5805D, Beacon E & R 4: Michael Ettesvold, Blake Anderson, Nolan Harre and Sarah Arend. (submitted photos)
One of three tournament finalists, team 5805D, Beacon E & R 4: Michael Ettesvold, Blake Anderson, Nolan Harre and Sarah Arend. (submitted photo)
Programming Skills Winner, team 5805A, Beacon E & R 1: Subin An, Stephen Mylabathula and Jun Kim.  (submitted photo)
Programming Skills Winner, team 5805A, Beacon E & R 1: Subin An, Stephen Mylabathula and Jun Kim. (submitted photo)

Two teams from Concordia Academy in Roseville competed in the Dream It. Do It. Metro Minnesota VEX Robotics Tournament on Jan. 10 at Osseo High School. Both teams received awards for their performance.

Team 5805D, Beacon E &  R 4, were in the three-team alliance that were named Tournament Finalists. As the seventh seed, they upset other alliances in both the quarter-finals and semi-finals to gain second place.

Team 5805A, Beacon E & R 1, was the Programming Skills Winner for having the highest score in autonomous mode. They preprogrammed their robot to score points on the field.

Both teams received invitations to the “Dream It. Do It.” Minnesota State Tournament hosted by St. Cloud Community and Technical College on Jan. 23 and 24, where teams will compete for invitations to the World Championship.

To prepare for the competition, the teams designed and built robots using the VEX Robotics Design System to compete in the game Skyrise, using their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Several of the teams competing receive support from colleges that are part of 360 Degrees by attending practices and receiving robotics kits as part of the college’s work with 360 Degrees, a manufacturing-based center of excellence.
 

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