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Students ally against competing robots

Ben Wanner, Dale Spilman, Sam Ravanaas, Leif Olsen- (mentor videoing) (Submitted photo)

Ben Wanner, Dale Spilman, Sam Ravanaas, Leif Olsen-
(mentor videoing) (Submitted photo)

Mandan High School won the motivator award and took fourth place in the morning qualifiers at the First Tech Challenge robotics competition on Jan. 11 at the Bismarck Career Academy.

Eight students are on the Roboz Locoz team, along with Fernando, the robot.

NISC provided three mentors, Andrew Cooper, Leif Olson and Dwayne Cullen, for the team and Julie Fleck, the MHS Science Club adviser, organized and coached the team. T-shirts provided by NISC helped the team win the motivator award.

“This was the first time they entered this event and it was the best competition I have ever coached due to the way it was set up. All of the teams had to work with another team in an alliance to beat the other two teams. So all of the students had to get to know each other’s strengths and weaknesses to work together and strategize to win the match,” Fleck said.

The highlight of the team’s day was when it and Bismarck High were allied against the two top winning schools from Montana. The students figured the only way to win the match was to do a double pull-up rather than raise the flag. They accomplished it until the last second, when Mandan accidentally pushed Bismarck back off the bar.