East Ridge, MSA headed to 'Super Bowl of smart' this week
Woodbury will be well represented this week in high-level robotics competition.
Both the Math and Science Academy and East Ridge High School robotics teams will be competing in the robotics World Championships April 24-27 in St. Louis, Mo.
The robotics competition is sponsored by the For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) organization.
Both teams will compete against nearly 400 teams from nearly 60 countries.
East Ridge and MSA are "partner teams" in that they share a building space and work with each other.
Whereas MSA Fighting Calculators earned their ticket to the World Championships by winning the North Star Regional Tournament, East Ridge Robotics Ominous Raptors (ERRORs) earned their spot at the World Championship through a berth.
East Ridge robotics adviser Doug Jensen said the ERRORs were placed on a waiting list and teams are chosen to compete as slots open up.
"I'm not trying to hide the fact we did not win our way there," Jensen said, "but I'm not going to shout it out either - it remains a privilege to attend this 'Super Bowl of smart' regardless of how we get there."
The FIRST Robotics Competition requires teams to build a robot in six weeks that can perform specific tasks.
This year's challenge is dubbed "Ultimate Ascent," which required teams to build robots that could shoot flying discs into goals and climb three-tiered pyramids.
Robotics teams are allowed a total of six weeks to build and program their robots.
East Ridge will also be competing May 18 in the State Robotics Championship through the Minnesota State High School League.
East Ridge will face off against 180 teams at Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota.
"It's such a positive experience for these kids who rarely have received recognition for the mind-strong talents they have," Jensen said.