West St. Paul
West St. Paul
The St. Croix Lutheran Academy Robotics Team will host their first tournament on Saturday, December 1, 2018. Qualification matches begin at 9:30 a.m., and spectators are welcome. There are currently 18 registered teams from Minnesota and Wisconsin, and more are still signing up.
“We’re excited to host our first tournament,” said Dave Tess, SCL coach. “It’s great to see teams who have never met working together.”
St. Croix Lutheran’s team is made up of just under 20 middle school and high school students who create robots using VEX parts. The robots this year will shoot balls, move discs, and park on elevated platforms. Robots must start the match no larger than 18 in x 18 in x 18 in but can expand after the match begins.
The team made its first ever appearance at the VEX Robotics competition at St. Cloud High School last year and made quite an impression. The team of nine, led by Mr. Dave Tess and Mr. Lucas Boehm, entered two robots into the competition, one managed by a group of four students, and one managed by a group of five. The five-member team made it into the top 8 teams for the elimination matches, and at the end of three rounds, the team was within just a few points of making it to the championship.
SCL started the team in the summer of 2017 with a first-year grant from the REC Foundation.