|MSA Iron Wolves (left) pictured with members of the Pwnge and Hard Hat Robotics teams.|
By Justice Peoples
Members of the Iron Wolves, MSA’s competitive robotics team, last month took third place out of six teams in a regional robotics competition held at the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The third-place finish is the best-ever for MSA’s robotics team, which includes 20 scholars drawn from across all four high school grade levels.
Robotics club member Jordan Peoples said, “It was an exciting time, we had much fun and much experience gained. Next year, we will get the gold.”
Robotics club advisor and MSA Physics Teacher Joseph Michaelis said, “It was a pretty incredible payoff for four years of hard work. It meant a lot for the seniors to get a big award.”
The competition featured student-built robots built to pick up basketballs and shoot them accurately at hoops. All robots were also supposed to maintain good balance in another competition. The MSA robot, 2709, won six of eight games of three-on-three matches. In each match, a total of six robots--three on each side--competed for the most baskets. Each match lasted three minutes, and the winning robot team advanced in the tournament.
|Justice Peoples and the most handsome robot in Minneapolis.|