Redefining the Classroom

Sault High robotics team shoots for state championship

Posted: March 12th, 2010

CONTACT: John Shibley, e-mail, 906-635-2314; Tom Pink, e-mail, 635-2314; Prof. Andrew Jones, e-mail, 635-2138.

GEARED FOR ANN ARBOR – Sault High's Team 1596 – the Instigators – tune up their robot for a district FIRST Robotics competition held March 5 in Traverse City, where they chalked up four wins, six ties, and only two losses. Lake Superior State University students Jacob McClure, Zach Spurr, and Dereck Wonnacott, along with LSSU engineering professor Andrew Jones, serve as team mentors and advisors. The Instigators advance to a final district meet in Ann Arbor on March 12, and then could move on to the state championship in Ypsilanti on April 1. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics, a non-profit started by an entrepreneur in 1989, challenges young people and their mentors to build robots from a standard kit of parts and enter them in regional and national meets, all in a six-week time frame. There are 40 teams in Michigan and hundreds nationwide, all closing in on an international championship set for April 15 in Atlanta, Ga. Sault High has fielded a team since 2005. Click here to visit the team's Web site. You can read all about majoring in Engineering at LSSU by clicking here. (LSSU/Courtesy Barbara Evans)

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