Robots Invade Duluth

By KBJR News 1

March 8, 2012 Updated Mar 8, 2012 at 7:09 PM CST

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) --- It's a battle to see who can dunk the most basketballs, but it's not your typical athlete who's making the shots.

This year's 2nd Annual Lake Superior F.I.R.S.T Robotics tournament is under way in Duluth at the DECC.

64 teams from across the Midwest are competing this weekend for this year's Rebound Rumble competition.

Each team has been working hard for the past six weeks building the robot they hope will dominate on the court.

Tim Velner, the Duluth East Daredevil's advisor says that it's more than just about building a robot for these students.

"Obviously, we build a robot," says Velner. "But that's not the most important part. I think the most important part of FIRST is that these kids truly learn to do difficult tasks and they learn how to problem solve and get themselves to a place where they've achieved something that is beyond what they thought they could achieve."

This year's game involves shooting basketballs threw three hoops and working together with other teams to balance on bridges placed in the middle of the fields.

Each team consists of three robots from three different schools. The more baskets the robots can make, the higher their score. All three hoops are at different levels, meaning the higher the hoop is, the more points you get.

You also earn points by balancing two or three robots on bridges that are placed in the middle of the courts.

Duluth East Daredevils, Marshall High School and the Denfeld Hunters are representing Duluth this year at the competition.

The tournament begins tomorrow with Duluth Mayor Don Ness giving a speech during opening ceremonies at the DECC. If you want to follow the competition, you can log onto Robotics Tournament where a live webcast has been set up.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns