Destination Deep Space

WDC students prepare for Grand Forks competition

WDC Robotics team Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

WDC Robotics team Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

The team designed a robot to compete in a space inspired competition in Grand Forks. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

The team designed a robot to compete in a space inspired competition in Grand Forks. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

Robotics students transporting the robot to the lab. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

Robotics students transporting the robot to the lab. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

WDC students designed and constructed the robot in its entirety. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

WDC students designed and constructed the robot in its entirety. Michael Denny/Wadena Pioneer Journal

WDC students and their robot are gearing up to take on the final frontier. The robotics team celebrated their kickoff on Jan. 5 and their build season concluded on Feb. 19.

The Grand Forks competition will take place on March 13-16. The competition has been deemed Operation Deep Space. Robotics students spent several weeks constructing an intricate robot for a space themed cargo hauling extravaganza. Technology Coordinator and Team Coach, Derek Plautz has 10 students participating in this year. Plautz participated for five years before becoming the coach, this is his first year managing the team.The students meet everyday after school from 3 to 5 p.m.

Essentially, the competition requires teams to construct a robot capable of efficiently transporting balls meant to represent precious cargo to a mock rocket. Prior to loading the rocket, the robot must install panels on the rocket in order for it to hold the balls. Each successful cargo drop and panel installation generates points for the team. 

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