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Robot Titletown: MSA's Fighting Calculators defend state title

Math and Science Academy’s robotics team, the Fighting Calculators, won first place at the at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Robotics Championship, which was held May 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
Math and Science Academy’s robotics team, the Fighting Calculators, won first place at the at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Robotics Championship, which was held May 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

The Fighting Calculators have done it again.

Fresh on the heels of a win at the March FIRST Robotics Competition’s Northern Lights Regional Competition, the Math and Science Academy robotics team took first place at the Minnesota State High School League’s State Robotics Championship, on May 17 at the University of Minnesota’s Williams Arena.

“We came in with a lot of pressure on us to do well,” team co-captain Brian Boehm said. “We were really just hoping that we could meet those expectations.”

This is the second year in a row that the Fighting Calculators have won the State Robotics Championship.

FIRST, which stands for For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology, tasks teams with building a robot within six weeks that can perform a number of different tasks.

This year’s specific challenge, dubbed “Aerial Assist,” tasked teams with transporting large exercise balls around the field while shooting them into goals.

Extra points are earned for passing it between teammates and shooting it over a beam in the middle.

During the game, each team competes as an “alliance,” or team of three robots, and face off against another alliance. 

At the State Robotics Championship, the Fighting Calculators formed an alliance with the KnightKrawlers from Irondale High School and the Stormbots from Chanhassen High School.

Earlier this spring the Fighting Calculators competed in the FRC World Championship, which was held April 24-26 in St. Louis, Mo., where they advanced to the elimination round of competition.

The Fighting Calculators will continue their successful season at the Indiana Robotics Invitational this July where they will compete against 70 of the highest caliber teams from the organization. The team will also be competing at other offseason events in Duluth, Savage, and Roseville.

“Everyone on the team was incredibly happy with the victory,” said the team’s other co-captain, Peter Irvine. “It was the perfect end to a fantastic season.”

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