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Published February 17, 2010, 10:00 PM

Northwood Students Make Robot For Competition

Northwood and Hatton High School kids are taking robotics to a whole new level.

Northwood and Hatton High School kids are taking robotics to a whole new level. In April these kids are looking to bring home their version of the gold in a robotics competition in Minneapolis.

With only about a week left these Northwood students are making their last-minute repairs as they get ready to send their robot to Minneapolis for a competition. Since they started the project six weeks ago, these kids have put in lots of hours to make sure their robot is the best.

Mike Voglewede/Mentor: "Were here everyday after school and yesterday we were here till 10 o'clock we work Saturdays they put a lot of time in on this project."

Joe Arner/Programmer: "We clean the Ralph Englestad Arena which is a good source of income for our team and that counts to the hours we have and most of us are well above 100 hours or 200. "

Their robot is wirelessly controlled. Two team members control it- one as the driver and the other as a shooter. It also has a vacuum that holds a soccer ball as well as an arm to lift the robot of the ground. And for the inner workings.... Well, It's too technical for this reporter. The crew has just a few more adjustments to make to the robot before Tuesday.

Mike Voglewede/Mentor: "..its a lot of work and engineering that goes into it and a lot of education for these guys."

After their competition in Minneapolis they will head to Atlanta to compete against the best robots in the world.

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